Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Congratulates 2017 Congressional Art Competition Fifth District Winner at Hamilton Southeastern

May 22, 2017
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Hamilton Southeastern freshman, Monica Stuffle, is recognized by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) as the Fifth District winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Her watercolor, “Fishers at Twilight” will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next y

Hamilton Southeastern freshman, Monica Stuffle, is recognized by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) as the Fifth District winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Her watercolor, “Fishers at Twilight” will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.

Fishers, Ind. – This morning, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) visited Hamilton Southeastern High School to congratulate the Fifth District winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, Monica Stuffle, a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern. Monica’s piece, Fishers at Twilight, was selected by a team of local professional judges: KP Singh, an artist, and Casey Cronin, a photographer. Fishers at Twilight will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year along with the winning entries from each congressional district around the country.

“Each year, I’m amazed by the talent and creativity of students in the Fifth District, and Monica’s depiction of the City of Fishers as the sun sets is no exception,” Brooks said. “I want to congratulate and thank Monica, and each of the students who submitted work to the competition this year. Monica captured the simple beauty of an Indiana sunset and proves that inspiration can be found everywhere we look, even in the crossing of power lines overhead. I’m proud that this piece will represent the Fifth District of Indiana in the U.S. Capitol building for the next year, and look forward to sharing it with Hoosiers who come to visit our nation’s capital and my colleagues in Congress.”

Fishers at Twilight is a watercolor. The judges praised it’s use of a “mosaic of color” and called the piece “intriguing and universal.”

In addition, Brooks announced that the following pieces placed in the Congressional Art Competition and will hang in her district offices in Carmel and Anderson:

2nd Place: “Bright Night” by Mirian Alvarez-Dubon, Pike High School senior

3rd Place: “Waiting for Her Soldier’s Return” by Victoria Enstrom, Eastern Howard High School freshman

4th Place: “Indiana in February” by Rachel Billheimer, Hamilton Southeastern High School junior

Honorable Mention: “Tilt” by Gabriela Khachatryan, Carmel High School senior

Honorable Mention: “Radiance” by Brittney Morton, Pike High School junior

Honorable Mention: “Lion of Many Nations” by Julie McMichen, Zionsville High School junior

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. All 28 of the Fifth District entries are featured on Brooks’ website and will be highlighted on Twitter and Instagram (@susanwbrooks) this week.