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WINNING WORKS OF ART: Sam Graves Congratulates Congressional Art Contest Winners

Feb 6, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today congratulated the winners of the Congressional Art Competition. Three young artists were recognized for their accomplishments, while two students also received honorable mentions for their entries in the contest.

The following works were selected for awards:

         First place: “Grandfather Hector” by Madelyne Hartleroad, senior at Platte County High School

         Second place: “A Touch of Elegance” by Kaylee Thompson, junior at Lathrop R-II High School

         Third place: “Creative Juice” by Rylie Lawver, senior at Platte County High School

         Honorable Mentions:  Charity Smith, Winnetonka High School

                                              Harper Ross, Winnetonka High School

“I’m always amazed by the artistic talent that some young people in Missouri – and across this country – have,” Rep. Graves said. “The paintings, drawings, and photographs that were submitted by all of our young artists this year reaffirm that, and it was again a pleasure to view all of them and be involved in this process. I congratulate all of our participants for their excellent work, and want to extend special recognition for those who were chosen to receive awards.”

Congressman Graves’ office has partnered with Northwest Missouri State University in recent years to participate in the competition. The first place piece will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex with artwork from other Congressional districts throughout the country. The second and third place pieces will hang in Congressman Graves’ Kansas City and St. Joseph offices, respectively, for the next year. 


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