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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield Student Anna Burkey’s art work hangs in Washington D.C.

  • Anna Burkey, grade 12, was awarded Best in Show at the annual Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan. Her work will hang in the Capitol in Washington D.C. for the next year.

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  • Anna Burkey, grade 12, was awarded Best in Show at the annual Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan. Her work will hang in the Capitol in Washington D.C. for the next year.
    The high school visual art competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, is open to all students. The purpose is to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of the young people across the nation.
    The competition takes place each spring when students submit entries to their representative's office. Panels of local artists in each district select the winners, which are displayed in the Capital for one year. To this date more that 650,000 high school students have participated since the contest began in 1982.
    Nancy Michel, the Springfield High School art teacher, entered her students in the competition this spring. Entries must be two dimensional, original in concept, design and execution.
    Michel said she is thrilled to announce that Burkey received Best of Show for her colored pencil drawing.
    She is also proud of the three students who received Honorable Mentions. Those students are Brandon Ochs, grade 12, for his colored pencil portrait, Melissa Kreider, grade 12, for her watercolor abstract and Melissa Ferguson, grade 11, for her watercolor abstract. Their works of art will be displayed at different locations in the area, including the Canfield Fair, the Art Outreach Gallery at the Eastwood Mall and the Trumbull Art Gallery.