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Rep. Newhouse Announces 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition Winners

May 11, 2017
Press Release

SUNNYSIDE – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in the Fourth District:

“I congratulate Elly Teske on her winning entry, and I am proud of all the student artists who submitted entries and participated in this year’s competition,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The talent and creativity of these young artists made it a very difficult choice, and I would like to thank the community judges who helped review the artwork. I look forward to seeing the artwork created by Central Washington’s young people displayed in the U.S. Capitol for all visitors to enjoy, as well as in the Fourth District congressional offices in Yakima, and the Tri-Cities.”

Rep. Newhouse’s advisory committee comprised of Fourth District residents helped select the winning entry. Rep. Newhouse has invited the winner to have her work displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex. The winning entry, Heart Strings, by Elly Teske from West Valley High School, will be hung in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning entries from congressional districts across the country for one year. The winner will visit Washington, D.C. to attend a reception sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which holds the annual competition. Rep. Newhouse has also invited second-place winner Linnea Water at The Delta High School to hang her entry, The Glowing Hills of Oregon, in his Yakima office. Rep. Newhouse invited third-place winner Rachel Werkhoven at Sunnyside Christian School to hang her entry, Two Worlds, in his Tri-Cities office. 

Winner: Heart Strings, Elly Teske, 12th grade, West Valley High School

Second Place: The Glowing Hills of Oregon, Linnea Walter, 11th grade, The Delta High School

Third Place: Two Worlds, Rachel Werkhoven, 10th grade, Sunnyside Christian School

You can view the entries on Rep. Newhouse’s Facebook page here.