WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cassidy Boyuk recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to see her artwork displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol building. Boyuk, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Boyuk, is a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School, and the winner of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition.
This is not Boyuk’s first trip to the Capitol. Her 2016 submission, “Reflections,” took first place last year, and her self-portrait was awarded third place in 2015. In addition to a trip to the Capitol, Boyuk’s painting, “Fading Memories,” was one of the pieces honored at the competition awards ceremony at the Columbus Museum of Art, along with other Central Ohio students from the third and 12th Congressional Districts.
“It is a tremendous honor to represent so many talented young artists in the 15th District,” Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) said. “I want to congratulate Miss Boyuk, as well as all our winners for their hard work. Every year, we receive incredible pieces of art, and this competition is a fantastic way to highlight their skill.”
The annual Art Competition showcases the talented high school students of the 15th District. This year’s competition featured over 200 submissions from 17 schools.
Jocelyn Burton, from Clinton-Massie High School, took home second place for her drawing, “Portrait.” The work will be displayed in Stivers’ district office in Hilliard.
Sarah Karnes’ piece, untitled, will also be displayed in the Hilliard office. The Clinton-Massie High School student’s drawing was awarded third place.
Hunter Nessley’s photograph, “Full Dress,” won the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award goes to the work of art with the most votes in favor of the piece on Stivers’ Facebook page. Nessley is a rising senior at Bloom Carroll High School.
The following schools participated in this year’s competition:
• Madison County: Tolles Career & Technical Center
• Franklin County: Central Crossing High School, Upper Arlington High School, Franklin Heights High School, Hilliard Davidson High School, Hilliard Darby High School, Grove City High School, Canal Winchester High School, Bishop Hartley High School
• Fairfield County: Pickerington North High School, Amanda Clearcreek High School, Berne Union High School, Bloom Carroll High School
• Clinton County: Clinton Massie High School
• Pickaway County: Logan Elm High School
• Perry County: New Lexington High School
• Ross County: Unioto High School
The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts and to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and since that time, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.