Hartzler announces winners of Congressional Art Competition

May 2, 2013

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 Jessica Houke of Seymour for her work titled Winter Branches. Second place honors go to Katie Vest of Boonville for her art titled Roofs of Rome. The third place ribbon is awarded to Bethany Anne Cantrell of Warrensburg for her artwork titled Time Worn Memories.

“I am so impressed with all 21 entries we received from very talented students in Missouri’s Fourth District,” said Hartzler. “It was a very difficult task for our judge to narrow it down to three finalists and then to pick the eventual first place prize winner. I congratulate Jessica Houke for emerging from a field of very talented young artists to win first place and a trip to Washington, D.C., where her artwork will be displayed.”

The winning entry will hang in the Capitol in Washington for one year and will join artwork from other Congressional districts from across the country.

“I look forward to welcoming Jessica to Washington for the ceremony unveiling works of art from across the country,” added Hartzler. “I hope Jessica and all the students who took part in the competition will continue to use their gifts and talents to impact others through art. All are to be congratulated for their superb contributions.

Congresswoman Hartzler, a former school teacher in Lebanon and Belton, serves on the House Armed Services, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.