Three From Salem High School Win Congressional Art Competition

Three From Salem High School Win Congressional Art Competition


Congressman Todd Young is pleased to announce that seven high school students from the 9th District won awards in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

The top three winners were from Salem High School including the first place piece by Sydney Calhoun — will be hung in the U.S. Capitol for millions of visitors to see during the next year.

Kellen Hazlelip and Lizz Conley were the 2nd and third place winners.

Calhoun’s work will be on display in the corridor connecting the U.S. Capitol Building to the House Office Buildings.

She received two tickets to fly to D.C. and attend a reception in her honor along with other art contest winners from Congressional Districts throughout the country.

Winners included:

  • First Place: Sydney Calhoun (Salem High School) for her charcoal and pastels drawing, “Deep Contemplation”
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  • Second Place: Kellen Hazelip (Salem High School) for his charcoal and pastels drawing, “Self Portrait”
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  • Third Place: Lizz Conley (Salem High School) for her charcoal drawing, “Cappuccino”
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  • Fourth Place: Ashley Krininger (North Harrison High School for her dry point drawing, “Self Portrait”
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  • Audience Choice Award (from Facebook voting) and Honorable Mention: Jeanna Gerlach (Franklin Community High School) for her layout markers drawing, “Freedom”
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  • Honorable Mention: Will Taylor (New Albany High School) for his oil painting, “Look Down”
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  • Honorable Mention: Hunter Cooper (New Albany High School) for his photograph, “Memorial”
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Each Spring, high school students from Congressional Districts throughout the country are invited to participate in the Congressional Art Competition.

This year there were 42 pieces of art submitted from high schools across the 9th District, which are on display in the Jeffersonville Constituent Service Center.

The pieces are also displayed on Young’s Facebook page at

The artwork was judged by Dr. Anne Allen, Art History Professor, Fine Arts Dept, IUS;  Donna Stallard, Lecturer in Fine Arts  at IUS; and Laura Wilkins, Director of Marketing and Outreach, The Carnegie Center for Art and History.

In addition, this year constituents were able to vote for their favorite student-submitted artwork through Young’s Facebook page, and those votes made up 25% of the total score. Students, parents and art teachers who would like to learn more about the CAC are encouraged to contact the Jeffersonville District Office at 812-288-3999.