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Lafayette Student Earns 1st in Congressional Art Contest; Rockwood Students Also Earn 3rd, Top Photo

Lafayette Student Earns 1st in Congressional Art Contest; Rockwood Students Also Earn 3rd, Top Photo

Lafayette High sophomore Michelle Chen was named the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Missouri's second district.

Rockwood Summit High junior Nathaniel Carroll also earned third place in the competition, and Eureka junior Bronwyn Mueller earned Best Photo.

This is the fourth year in a row that a Rockwood student has won the Congressional Art Competition for Missouri's second district, following Eureka High's Iris Hyon (2023) and Marquette High's Taylor Hunn (2022) and Driptaa Chakraborty (2021). This is also the second year in a row a Eureka student has won Best Photo in the competition, following Elliana Gianino last year.

Congresswoman Ann Wagner honored this year's contest participants and award recipients at a reception at her office on May 2.

As the winner of the competition, Chen's painting -- "Daily Puzzle" -- will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the next year, and Chen is invited to attend a reception for winners from across the country in Washington, D.C., over the summer. Carroll's graphic design piece, "Blue Bird in Spring," will hang in Wagner's Ballwin office for the next year, and Mueller's photo, "Reflection in Memory," will hang in Wagner's Washington, Missouri, office for the next year.

A panel of judges who are local professional artists chose Chen's  work out of a pool of nearly 40 submissions from high school students in Missouri’s second congressional district, which includes portions of St. Louis, St. Charles and Warren counties and all of Franklin County. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.

Congratulations to these outstanding Rockwood student artists!


1st Place -- Michelle Chen, Lafayette, "Daily Puzzle"

A Rockwood student artist and her teacher smile with Congresswoman Ann Wagner at an awards reception.
A Rockwood student's painting depicts three figures staring at a packed refrigerator.

3rd Place -- Nathaniel Carroll, Rockwood Summit, "Blue Bird in Spring"

A Rockwood student artist and his teacher smile with Congresswoman Ann Wagner at an awards reception.
A Rockwood student's graphic arts piece depicts a blue jay on a branch.

Best Photo -- Bronwyn Mueller, Eureka, "Reflection in Memory"

A Rockwood student artist and her teacher smile with Congresswoman Ann Wagner at an awards reception.
A Rockwood student's photograph depicts two shoes in front of a puddle, with a person reflected in it.

 

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