Congressman John Shimkus, who represents the local 15th Congressional District, has announced that St. Anthony High Schools Megan Hodge was selected as this year’s Congressional Art Competition winner. Megan is a student of John Gabb.
“This year’s entries were some of the finest my office has ever received,” said Shimkus. “But among all the amazingly talented students who submitted their work, Megan’s exquisite painting of a Monarch butterfly really stood out to the judges. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her and all the young artists who participated in this annual contest.”
Megan’s winning piece will be displayed for the next year in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the U.S. Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building. The exhibit includes the top student artwork from congressional districts across the country and is seen by hundreds of staff and visitors each day.
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. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.