Contact: Jordan Dunn
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, April 28, Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) held a reception to honor the participants of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The competition, held annually each spring, allows high school students to showcase their artistic talent across each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, over 650,000 students have participated. Brea Wolke, who attends Appleton West High School, was selected as this year’s winner for her submission, “Logos of Life.”

Each year, the Congressional Art Competition showcases the incredible talent of the students in Wisconsin’s Eighth District,” said Rep. Gallagher. “I want to thank all 49 students who submitted their artwork for consideration, and congratulate Brea Wolke for this well-deserved achievement. I look forward to seeing her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

Those who received awards include:

First Place: Brea Wolke, Appleton West High School, Logos of Life

Second Place: Emily VonDerRuhr, De Pere High School, Chronic Reflection

Third Place: Aubrey Steidl, Kimberly High School, Untitled

Honorable mention: Vivian Coenen, Appleton West High School, Cat Outlook

Honorable mention: Emily Plath, Kimberly High School, As Youth Fades

Honorable mention: Mika Barnier, Oconto Falls High School, Loki

People’s Choice Award: Aurora Parry, Winneconne High School, Red Fox

The winning artwork from each district is put on display for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Gallagher displays the second place piece of artwork in his Washington, D.C. office, and the third place piece in his De Pere Office. The winners are determined by a group of local judges.

Click HERE for a photo of Rep. Gallagher with this year’s First Place winner.

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