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WCSJ News: Oswego High School Students' Artwork to be Displayed at Nation's Capitol

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PLANO, IL, June 19, 2020 | comments

Two Oswego High School students will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol after they won Congressional art competitions that were sponsored by local representatives. 

Oswego SD308 officials announced in a statement that Kayla Fichtel, a junior from Oswego High School, under the direction of Mr. Dan Whipple, won First Place with her Photography Artwork at Representative Lauren Underwood’s 14th Congressional High School Art Competition. 

Stephanie Ocasio, a senior from Oswego High School, won First Place with her Oil Painting at Representative Bill Foster’s 11th Congressional High School Art Competition. 

Both students have received two round trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend the Gala reception in Washington, D.C. this summer where they will see their artwork displayed in the Nation’s Capitol Building for the entire year during the exhibition.

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The contest, which began in 1982, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in the congressional district of young constituents. 

The overall winner’s artwork of each district’s competition is displayed for one year along with the winners from the other districts across the country.

Several other students from Oswego SD308 and other districts around the area participated in the local competitions. 

Locally, 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger announced this week that Marlen Hueramo of Rochelle Township High School won his competition. 

The original article can be found on the WCSJ News website here
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