Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition Fifth District Winner from Madison-Grant High School

Jun 9, 2020
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Carmel, IN – Last week, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) congratulated the Fifth District winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, Jackson Manwell, a junior from Madison-Grant High School. Jackson’s drawing, Indiana State Fair Midway, was selected by a team of local professional judges. Indiana State Fair Midway will be displayed in the tunnel connecting all of the House Office Buildings to the United States Capitol, where thousands of visitors pass through every day, for the next year along with the winning entries from each congressional district around the country. This year, 13 students from 8 high schools, submitted their art to the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. 


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“Indiana State Fair Midway” by Jackson Manwell, Madison-Grant High School junior,
teacher Cherie Solms


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2020 Congressional Art Competition Winner, Jackson Manwell

“I am thrilled to announce Jackson Manwell, a junior from Madison-Grant High School, as the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for his striking piece, Indiana State Fair Midway,” said Brooks. “Although because of COVID-19 I was not able to meet Jackson in person, I was thrilled to be able to call him last week to share with him the exciting news. This nation-wide high school art competition is such a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of supporting the arts and to recognize the artistic talent of Fifth District students. All of the students who participated did a fabulous job showing off their talents, and I encourage Hoosiers to check out their pieces of art on my website. I look forward to sharing the incredible drawing, Indiana State Fair Midway, with my colleagues in Congress and all Hoosiers who come to visit the U.S. Capitol once it reopens to the public again.”


In addition, Brooks announced that the following pieces were given exceptional notability by the judges in narrowing down the winner for the Congressional Art Competition:

1st Runner Up:  Spectrum by Oulai Pan, Park Tudor High School junior, teacher Laura Schroeder


2nd Runner Up: Papa by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern High School senior, teacher Andrea Chambers


3rd Runner Up: My Hoosier Home by Jordan Cooley, Noblesville High School junior, teacher Caroline Hays


Honorable Mention: No Pomp From Circumstance by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern High School senior, teacher Andrea Chambers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local reception and gallery exhibit had to be cancelled.  Entries were submitted digitally and the winning piece will be framed and delivered to Washington, D.C.  An online virtual gallery has been created to display all entries and can be found here.

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent nationwide, as well as in our congressional district. The Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.