Rep. Miller announces congressional art contest winners

Apr 15, 2013 Issues: Education

This oil-based colored pencil work by Romeo High School student Alexander Cate was voted “Fan Favorite” in Facebook balloting in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.
You gotta have art, and the congressional district of U.S. Rep. Candice Miller has plenty.

Miller announced recently the winners in her 10th Congressional District of the 2013 Artistic Discovery, Congressional Art Competition.

Among those honored was Alexander Cate, a Romeo High School student, whose oil-based colored pencil work “Vibrance and Pride,” was voted the “Fan Favorite” in balloting on Rep. Miller’s Facebook page.

“I am honored to highlight all of our students’ artistic work through this year’s Artistic Discovery art competition,” Miller, a Harrison Township Republican, said in a news release.

“We had a wonderful array of talented students living in our communities submit their art pieces and they all should be immensely proud of their work. I wish them well in the future and hope they will all continue to grow their talents.”

The event was created in 1982 to honor artistic high school students from each of the nation’s congressional districts. In Miller’s 10th District – which includes northern Macomb County, all of St. Clair, Lapeer, Sanilac and Huron counties and eastern Tuscola County – 116 pieces of art were entered in the competition.

The winning entries were:
• First place: Justine Duncan, Port Huron High School, for her digital-generated art, “Breaking From the Clan.” Her work will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol.

• Second place: Lindsey Winslow, Imlay City High School, for her charcoal work, “Fred Rodgers.” Winslow’s piece will be on display in Miller’s Washington office for one year.

• Third place: Kayleigh McKeehan, Imlay City High School, for her charcoal pencil creation, “Still Life of the Mythical Beast.” McKeehan’s work will be displayed in Miller’s Shelby Township office for a year.

• Honorable mention: Alexandra Wofford, Richmond High School and Shelby Rummel-Knott, Port Huron Northern High School.

The 10th Congressional District entries were judged by artists Sharon Will and Vianna Szabo, and JoAnne Wilke, former president of the St. Clair Art Association.

Voting for the Fan Favorite award was conducted on Miller’s Facebook page for a two-week period. The winner was determined based on the number of “Likes” each piece received. Cate’s work topped the list with 487 votes.

Cate will receive a U.S. flag that flew over the Capitol Building.

All of the entries from Michigan’s 10th Congressional District can be viewed at online.