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Local Students Named Winners in Ohio's 15th Congressional District Art Competition

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Washington, April 8, 2016 | comments
COLUMBUS – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) on Wednesday congratulated Cassidy Boyuk, Morgan Bailey, Kylee Saksa, and Skylar Allen for placing in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition. The competition awards ceremony was held at The Columbus Museum of Art on April 6, 2016 and there were 265 pieces of artwork from 27 schools under consideration for the top prize.
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COLUMBUS – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) on Wednesday congratulated Cassidy Boyuk, Morgan Bailey, Kylee Saksa, and Skylar Allen for placing in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition. The competition awards ceremony was held at The Columbus Museum of Art on April 6, 2016 and there were 265 pieces of artwork from 27 schools under consideration for the top prize.

“I want to congratulate all of the winners of this year’s competition for their hard work,” Stivers said.  “I also want to thank all of the high school students who submitted artwork for the competition. Every year, we receive incredible pieces of art and I appreciate the opportunity to recognize the talented young artists in the 15th district.”

Cassidy Boyuk, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Boyuk, was the first-place winner of the competition.  As the first-place winner Boyuk will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. She also will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception and to see her artwork hung inside the Capitol building. She is a junior at Hilliard Davidson High School and her first-place piece of art was a graphite drawing titled “Reflections.” Last year, Boyuk won third place in the competition for her self-portrait.

Morgan Bailey won second place in the competition and her art will be displayed in Stivers’ Hilliard District Office for one year. She is the daughter of Dwight and Karmin Bailey and is a freshman at Pickerington North High School. Her second-place piece of art was a photograph titled “Eastern State Penitentiary.”

Kylee Saksa, daughter of Steve Saksa, was awarded third place for her photograph titled “Beautifully Broken.” She is a senior at Pickerington North High School and her artwork will be displayed in Stivers’ Hilliard District Office for one year.

Skyler Allen was the People’s Choice Award Winner for her pencil drawing titled “The Video Game Legend.”  The People’s Choice Award goes to the work of art with the most votes in favor of the piece on Stivers’ Facebook Page.  To win The People’s Choice Award, Allen’s artwork received 386 likes on Facebook. As the People’s Choice winner, her work of art will be displayed in Stivers’ Hilliard District Office for one year. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Maggie Allen and is in 8th grade at Fairfield Christian Academy.

The following schools participated in this year’s competition:

•    Franklin County: Bishop Hartley High School, Canal Winchester High School, Centennial High School, Central Crossing High School, Columbus Alternative High School, Fort Hayes High School, Franklin Heights High School, Grove City Christian High School, Hilliard Darby High School, Hilliard Davidson High School, Upper Arlington High School, the Wellington School
•    Fairfield County: Amanda Clearcreek High School, Berne Union High School, Bloom-Carroll High School, Fairfield Christian Academy, Lancaster High School, Pickerington Central High School, Pickerington North High School
•    Clinton County: Clinton Massie High School, Wilmington High School
•    Madison County: Madison Plains High School
•    Pickaway County: New Hope Christian Academy, Teays Valley High School
•    Perry County: New Lexington High School
•    Ross County: Paint Valley High School, Unionoto High School
   
The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts and to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and since that time, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.


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