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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. 

First place went to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Eggers, a sophomore at Blaine High school for her charcoal and acrylic painting entitled “Soul Dance.” This painting portrays two people swing dancing with their shadows behind them. Elizabeth is the daughter of Mark and Laurie Eggers. Her art instructor is Pat Undis. Soul Dance will be displayed in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the United States Capitol, which is traveled daily by members of Congress, staff, and visitors.  

Second place went to Mason Chartier, a senior at St. Michael-Albertville High School, for his ink drawing entitled “Running on Empty.” This painting portrays an empty honey jar surrounded by dead bees. Mason is the son of John and Darla Chartier. His art teacher is Sara Henrikson. Running on Empty will be displayed in Emmer's Washington D.C. office for all visitors to see. 

Third place went to Esther Stoy, a junior at Blaine High School, for her acrylic painting entitled “Little Miss Sunshine.” This painting portrays a child-like personification of the sun at the beach. Esther is the daughter of John and Suzanne Stoy. Her art teacher is Pat Undis. Esther was also the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

“This year’s submissions for the Congressional Art Competition were incredibly impressive, making choosing a winner a very tough choice for our judges,” said Emmer. “I am so proud of the talent of the students of Minnesota’s Sixth District, and I look forward to seeing that talent displayed in the United States Capitol this year.”

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.