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Oswego High School’s Kayla Fichtel and Stephanie Ocasio to have Art Displayed at Nation’s Capitol Building

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Oswego High School’s Kayla Fichtel and Stephanie Ocasio to have Art Displayed at Nation’s Capitol Building

Kayla Fichtel Picture   Stephanie Ocasio Picture

Oswego, Ill. (June 18, 2020) Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The contest, which began in 1982, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district of young constituents.  The over-all winner’s artwork of each district’s competition is displayed for one year in the Nation’s Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. along with the winners from the other districts across the country.


This year, Kayla Fichtel, a junior from Oswego High School, under the direction of Mr. Dan Whipple, won First Place with her Photography Artwork at Representative Lauren Underwood’s 14th Congressional High School Art Competition and Stephanie Ocasio, a senior from Oswego High School, won First Place with her Oil Painting at Representative Bill Foster’s 11th Congressional High School Art Competition.  Both students have received two round trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend the Gala reception in Washington, D.C. this summer where they will see their artwork displayed in the Nation’s Capitol Building for the entire year during the exhibition.


The following individuals from Oswego High School also participated and displayed artwork at Representative Underwood’s 14th and Representative Foster’s 11th Congressional High School Art Competitions for consideration:  Alexia Dellaca, Sophomore, Digital Photography is the medium (Title: Words Hurt); Alison Baker, Senior, Watercolor Painting is the medium (Title: In the Clouds); Anissa King, Senior, Graphite and Acrylic is the medium (Title: Adore); Courtney Pawlisz, Junior, Digital Rendering Cut Paper is the medium (Title. Untitled); Elizabeth Sorensen, Junior, Digital Photography is the medium (Title. Chicago); Gavin Lefaver, Sophomore, Pen and Ink is the medium (Title. KPA); Grace Pearson, Senior, Watercolor is the medium (Title. Mirror); Karly Quarnstrom, Junior, Watercolor is the medium (Tiitle. Self Portrait); Kayla Fichtel, Junior, Digital Photography is the medium (Title. Untitled); Leah James, Senior, Charcoal & Graphite is the medium (Title. MONTGOMERY); Rebecca Schoolfield, Junior, Digital Rendering is the medium (Title. Lalochezia); Sophie Wiencek, Senior, Acrylic Painting is the medium (Title. Stained Glass); Stone Carpenter, Junior, Digital Photography is the medium (Title. New Heights).


Congratulations to Kayla and Stephanie and all the talented artists who participated in both Representative Underwood and Representative Foster’s Congressional High School Art Competitions.



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