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Students win Congressional art competition

Abby Kapler, center, displays her winning piece "Blue Waltz," with her Woodbury High School art teacher Karen Seashore at left and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at right. Submitted photo

Sophomore Abby Kapler from Woodbury High School was awarded first place as the Sixth District winner of the Congressional Art Competition. Elizabeth Rotty, also a student at Woodbury High School, received third runner-up in the competition.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann recognized the winners Thursday, May 28 at a reception at her office.

"Every year, I look forward to the quality art pieces we receive in our office for this competition," Bachmann said. "These students have put a lot of effort and time into their artwork and I'm thrilled to recognize their hard work and talent today."

As the winner, Kapler will receive up to three round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Awards Ceremony in late June. She is also eligible for a $1500-per-year admission scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Ga.

Kapler's artwork, a mixed media watercolor, acrylic and tissue paper design of a blue dress on a seamstress stand, will hang in the Capitol tunnel system with the winning entries from other congressional districts across the country.

Thousands of congressional staff and millions of tourists pass by the display area on their way to the United States Capitol every year.

The event is a nationwide competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Colombia and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic abilities. Art can be presented in a variety of media, including photography, sketching, and paint.

Rotty's piece will be on display in the congresswoman's offices.