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Racine Student Wins First District Art Competition Once Again

For the second year in a row, artwork by Racine Lutheran High School’s Michalia Swanson will be displayed in U.S. Capitol

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April 17, 2014 | Kevin Seifert (202-225-3031) | comments
Paul Ryan and Michalia Swanson of Racine, WI, the 2014 First District Congressional Art Competition winner.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an awards ceremony on April 12, 2014 at the Olde Towne Mall in Janesville, First District Congressman Paul Ryan announced that the winner of this year’s First District Art Competition is Michalia Swanson, a junior at Racine Lutheran High School.

Michalia submitted a pencil drawing, titled “Our Nation’s Future,” which depicts the faces of young Americans against a backdrop of the United States. Her art teacher at Racine Lutheran High School is Debra DeKeuster.

In announcing the results of the annual competition, Congressman Ryan said: “We’ve been holding this contest for 16 years, and we’ve never had a repeat winner until now. Michalia truly is a gifted artist, and millions of people will get to see her work in the U.S. Capitol this year. We had many great entries, and I’m happy to recognize southern Wisconsin’s young artists for their hard work and dedication.”

Congressman Ryan invited every high school 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, gives high-school artists the 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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