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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake student wins first place in art competition


"Birds Nest" by Charis Blacklock, a water color portrait.

Charis Blacklock, a senior at Moose Lake High School, recently won the 8th District Congressional Art Competition with her submission of "Birds Nest," a water color portrait.

The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the nation-wide competition for students each spring as a way to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Artists may enter paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, or photography. Entries are judged by panels of district artists. Winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Congressman Pete Stauber said, "Each piece of artwork submitted for this competition was incredibly impressive, making choosing a winner a tough decision for our judges. I am so proud of the talent coming out of Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. A huge congratulations to Charis-I cannot wait to see your talent on display in the U.S. Capitol."

As the first-place winner, Charis will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Institutes' Awards Reception.

Second place went to Luke Puffer of Lakeview Christian Academy for his pencil drawing "Whiskers" and third place to Amanda Lawless of Hermantown High School for her oil on canvas painting "A Day on the Lakewalk."


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