Boonville sophomore wins Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON D.C. — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition that featured artwork from high school students in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. The first prize winner is Taylor Ellebracht of Boonville for her work titled, “Misty.” The second place ribbon is awarded to Megan Carpenter of Elkland for her art titled “Draped American Flag.” Third place honors go to Megan Schmeling of Martinsburg for her artwork titled “Grampa’s Farmall.”
“Forty-four entries were submitted by some of our district’s very talented young artists,” said Hartzler. “It was no easy task for our judge to decide on the three finalists and eventually choose the first place prize winner. I congratulate Taylor Ellebracht who captured the first place ribbon using colored pencil to provide the viewer with a beautiful close-up of her family dog.”
The winning entry will hang in the Capitol in Washington for one year and will join artwork from other Congressional districts across the country. Winners of the second and third place ribbons will have the opportunity to display their artwork in Congresswoman Hartzler’s offices in Harrisonville and Columbia for visitors to enjoy over the next year.
“I look forward to welcoming Taylor to Washington for the ceremony unveiling winning entries from throughout the country,” added Hartzler. “There were so many superb contributions. I congratulate all of our district’s talented students who entered this contest.”
 Congresswoman Hartzler, a former school teacher in Lebanon and Belton, serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.