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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners

May 12, 2017
Press Release

MANKATO, MN – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

Rep. Tim Walz is honored to announce that Cassidy Hill, a high school student at Le Sueur-Henderson, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  In her winning art piece, Blind Beauty, Cassidy using acrylic paint, created a woman with butterflies. 

“First, I’d like to thank all the First District high school students who submitted their art work this year,” said Rep. Walz. “I don’t know what’s more inspiring – your participation or your artwork! Second, thank you to all the teachers and artists who judged this year’s artwork! Your expertise was yet again invaluable to this competition. Last but not least, it is my honor to announce that Cassidy Hill, an 11th grader at Le Sueur-Henderson High School, is the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition with her art piece, Blind Beauty, an acrylic painting. Congratulations, Cassidy!”

This unique competition provides the opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of southern Minnesota students and acknowledge our nation’s gifted young artists.  Each year, students from all 50 states share their view of the surrounding world, their aspirations, and curiosity through art. 

The following students were this year’s winners from the First Congressional District:

1st Place – Cassidy Hill, 11th grade, Le Sueur-Henderson HS, Blind Beauty, parents Lenny and Tracy Hill, teacher Shannon Froehlich

2nd Place – Elizabeth Tiegs, 12th grade, Le Sueur-Henderson HS, Ellie, parents Frances and James Tiegs, teacher Shannon Froehlich

3rd Place (Tie) – Krystalin Neary, 12th grade, St. Peter HS, You Raise Me Up, parents Jim and Ann Neary, teacher Paula Kennedy

3rd Place (Tie) – Hannah Parkinen, 11th grade, Waseca HS, Standing Still, parents Kelly and Jeff Parkinen, teacher Jennifer Popp

The first place winner and a guest are invited to a reception at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC in late June.  Hill’s acrylic painting, Blind Beauty, as well as all the other contestants’ work has been on display in the Young Adult Area of the Rochester Public Library. Soon, Hill’s work will join an 11 month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol throughout the next year.

The second and third place winners will be displayed in the Walz district offices.

Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability.