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Congressman Tom Emmer

Representing the 6th District of Minnesota

Emmer Announces Winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition

June 13, 2018
Press Release
Tyler Gfroerer Wins First Place for Colored Pencil Drawing “Ray of Color” Esther Stoy and Shaelee Peterman Take Home Second, Third Honors

Otsego, MN – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) today announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition for high school students living in Minnesota’s Sixth District. 

“Congratulations to this year’s winner, Tyler, whose winning piece ‘Ray of Color’ will be displayed in the United States Capitol, as well as Esther and Shaelee, whose incredible artwork will be displayed in my Washington and Otsego offices,” said Congressman Emmer. “Tyler’s piece ‘Ray of Color’ stood out this year, but our judges always have a difficult time choosing a winner because Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District has so much talent. We are grateful to all of the Minnesotans who submitted their work and look forward to next year!”

Tyler Gfroerer, a senior at St. Michael Albertville High School, won first place for his colored pencil drawing entitled “Ray of Color,” named after Tyler’s dog. Tyler is the son of Melissa and Matthew Gfroerer. His art teacher is Sara Henrickson. “Ray of Color” will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, where it will be viewed daily by members of Congress, staff, and visitors.  

Esther Stoy, a senior at Blaine High School, won second place for her mixed media piece entitled “Daddio,” portraying Esther's father. Esther is the daughter of John and Suzanne Stoy. Her art teacher is Pat Undis. Esther was the first place winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition and the 3rd place winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. “Daddio” will be displayed in Emmer's Washington D.C. office.

Shaelee Peterman, a junior at Blaine High School, won third place for her acrylic painting entitled “Old Friend Made Anew,” portraying Shaelee's best friend’s shoe. Shaelee is the daughter of Kelli and David Peterman. Her art teacher is Pat Undis. Shaelee's painting will be displayed in Emmer's Otsego office. 

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition for high school students across the United States. The winner from each district wins the chance to travel to Washington D.C. to visit with their Representative and see their artwork displayed in person. 

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