Rep. Miller Announces Winners for 2012 Congressional Art Competition
Of some 72 entries, five students in Michigan's 10th congressional district were recognized by Rep. Candice Miller, local judges and fans for their artistic talents.
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-District 10) has announced the first, second, third and online “Fan Favorite” winners for this year’s Artistic Discovery art competition.
The Congressional Art Competition, created in 1982, honors high school students from each of the nation’s congressional districts. This year, students in Michigan’s 10th congressional district, which includes Macomb Township, entered 72 pieces of artwork.
“We have a wonderful array of talented students living in our communities and I was so honored to be able to highlight all of their artistic work through this year’s competition,” Miller said, in a prepared statement. “I congratulate our winners: Jonathan Cooke, Amber McCausland, Amanda Schmidt, Kerrie Zhu, and Jennifer Clotfelter. Each and every one of the students should be immensely proud of themselves and I hope they will all continue to grow their talents.”
- First place - Jonathan Cooke (Port Huron High School) for his artwork “Breeze”: Jonathan Cooke’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year.
- Second place - Amber McCausland (L'Anse Creuse High School) for her artwork “Calypso”: Amber McCausland’s artwork will be displayed in Rep. Miller’s Washington, D.C. office for one year.
- Third place - Amanda Schmidt (Stevenson High School) for her artwork “Mixed Emotion: Amanda Schmidt’s artwork will be displayed in Rep. Miller’s Shelby Township office for one year.
- “Fan Favorite” winner - Amber McCausland (L'Anse Creuse High School) for her artwork “Calypso” with more than 230 Facebook “Likes”: Amber McCausland will receive a U.S. Flag which was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Kerrie Zhu, of Stevenson High School, and Jennifer Clotfelter, of Richmond High School also received honorable mentions for their work, "Untitled," and "American Flag," respectively.
The contest was judged by Sharon Will, a resident of Washington Township and award winning pastel and oil artist; Vianna Szabo, a resident of Romeo and professional portrait artist with specialties in oil, pastels, charcoal, and watercolor; JoAnne Wilke, a resident of S.t Clair and president of the St. Clair Art Association; and Lee- Perry Belleau, a resident of Port Huron and executive director of Studio 1219.
Voting for this year’s “Fan Favorite” took place over a two-week period and on Miller’s Facebook page. The winner was decided by the number of “Likes” individual works received by the end of the voting period.
View all of the submissions on Miller's Facebook.