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Racine Student Selected as Congressional Art Competition Winner

Artwork by Racine Lutheran High School’s Michalia Swanson to be displayed in U.S. Capitol

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May 07, 2013 | Kevin Seifert (202-225-3031) | comments
Paul Ryan and Michalia Swanson of Racine, WI, the 2013 1st District Congressional Art Competition winner.

WASHINGTON, DC – In an awards ceremony on April 27, 2013, at the Olde Towne Mall in Janesville, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan announced the winner of this year’s First District Congressional Art Competition is Michalia Swanson, a sophomore at Racine Lutheran High School, who submitted a pencil drawing titled: Hero in My Eyes.

Michalia drew a moving portrait of her uncle Benjamin Swanson standing in front of American flag as a way of honoring his service to our nation during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her art teacher at Racine Lutheran High School is Debra DeKeuster.

"I want to thank all the students who participated in this annual competition and congratulate Michalia Swanson on her winning drawing,” Ryan said. “Our judges had a difficult task again this year given the exceptional skill and imagination of young artists in Southern Wisconsin. Michalia’s excellent drawing earned top honors this year, and I look forward to seeing her artwork displayed at the Capitol where visitors from all over the country will have a chance to view it.”

Congressman Ryan invited high school students in the First Congressional District to submit an entry to the annual art contest, and a panel of local artists judged the entries. The competition was part of the annual “Congressional Art Competition — An Artistic Discovery.” This nationwide art competition, which is voluntarily sponsored by Members of Congress, provides high school artists with an opportunity to showcase their work locally, as well as the chance to be recognized at the national level for their talent and creativity.

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