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Shimkus Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition Winner, Runners-Up

Effingham, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced today that Megan Hodge, a student of John Gabb who attends St. Anthony High School in Effingham, was selected as this year’s Congressional Art Competition winner from the Illinois 15th Congressional District.


Megan Hodge with her winning artwork, Madame Monarch, and Congressman Shimkus

“This year’s entries were some of the finest my office has ever received,” said Shimkus.“But among all the amazingly talented students who submitted their work, Megan’s exquisite painting of a Monarch butterfly really stood out to the judges. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her and all the young artists who participated in this annual contest.”

Megan’s winning piece will be displayed for the next year in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the U.S. Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building. The exhibit includes the top student artwork from congressional districts across the country and is seen by hundreds of staff and visitors each day.

Shimkus also announced four runners-up in this year’s competition. These honorable mentions, pictured below, will be displayed in the Congressman’s Maryville, Harrisburg, Danville and Effingham District Offices.


“Morning Farm” by Joe Perez from Charleston High School



Rottweiler by Jamesha Western from Red Hill High School



Unkah by Katelyn Miller from Mt. Carmel High School



Mt. Carmel Train Bridge by Breanna Tomblinson from Mt. Carmel High School

The Congressional Art 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.