BOONVILLE – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has announced the winners of this year’s Congressional Art Competition that featured artwork from high school students throughout Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. Stella Tutin of Boonville High School captured first place with her pen and ink work titled “Kemper,” a drawing of the torn down Kemper Military Academy’s General Admission Building in Boonville.
Second place honors are awarded to Isaiah Kaufman, also of Boonville High School, for his entry titled “Bricks and Wires,” a blue, orange, and brick building with power lines and blue sky in the background. The third place ribbon goes to Kalyn Wilkie of Agape Baptist Academy in Stockton for “Ice,” a photograph of ice on a back door railing following an ice storm. Tyana Shelby of Boonville High School earned an honorable mention for “Exasperated Sea Turtle,” a multi-colored pencil entry of the head of sea turtle.
“This year, our district’s talented young artists submitted 27 entries,” said Hartzler at a Columbia reception in honor of the contributing artists. “Our judges faced a difficult task in narrowing down our entries. They all were amazing. After reviewing them all the judges chose Sella Tutin’s piece for first place. Her beautiful drawing of a Fourth District landmark will no doubt stand out as it hangs in the U.S. Capitol.”
The winning entry will be displayed in the main tunnel connecting the Capitol with the House office buildings in Washington for one year and will join artwork from other congressional districts across the country. Thousands of visitors from across the country will see her work. Winners of the second and third place ribbons, as well as our honorable mention entry, 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.
“As part of the celebration for being named our first place winner, Stella will be flown to our nation’s capital for the ceremony unveiling winning entries from across the country,” Hartzler added. “I look forward to welcoming Stella to Washington for this important event. The level of competition in our district is so high year after year. I congratulate all those who entered and wish them much success in their future endeavors.”
Congresswoman Hartzler, a former school teacher in Lebanon and Belton, serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.