Thank you to Marilyn Schaeffer and Barbara Blavatt for serving as judges for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, coordinated through the office of Representative Daniel Webster. This year, 173 high school students from 5 counties and 14 schools across the district participated in the competition to depict “America the Beautiful.”
The Arts Council was asked to provide two judges and we were proud to nominate Marilyn Schaeffer and Barbara Blavatt. Sandy Hadsock agreed to serve as an alternate if needed. Event organizers were very complimentary about the quality of judges and appreciated the encouraging and substantive comments the students received.
Karina Wilson of First Academy Leesburg in Lake County is this year’s first place winner. Her art will be displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol along with artwork from other contest winners nationwide.
Bao Nhu Pham of Lake Minneola Highschool and Alexandra Pilling of Crystal River Highschool came in second and third, respectively. Individual county winners include:
· Aleigha Shepherd of Lake Weir Highschool, in Marion County
· Asha Mertis of Lake Minneola Highschool, in Lake County
· Shawna Sowell of South Sumter Highschool, in Sumter County
· Taylor Craven of Weeki Wachee Highschool, in Hernando County
· Megan Ryan of Lecanto Highschool, in Citrus County
Rep. Daniel Webster visited these schools throughout the week and presented the winners with their certificates. Rep. Webster said: "The spectacular artwork and record turnout is a reflection of the emphasis that our schools are placing on the arts. I am pleased to be a part of encouraging the next generation of artistic talent. I also want to thank the teachers and school leaders who are working with and teaching this generation of artists".
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1265 Brooksville, FL 34605
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council Meetings
are held the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM at
Brooksville City Hall,
City Council Chambers,
201 Howell Avenue
Brooksville, FL 34601
Funds for HCFAC projects and grants are generated by sales of "Florida - State of the Arts" license plates. You can help all of Hernando's arts organizations by purchasing this special plate for your car or truck.