LHS students recognized by congressman for patriotic art

Sophomore Megan Ryan accepts her award for something or other (Photo: Torcuator).

Sophomore Megan Ryan accepts her District Congressional Art award with Congressman Daniel Webster (Photo: Torcuator).

Aidan Bush, Staff Writer – Wednesday, April 17, select Lecanto School of Art [LSA] students met with Congressman Daniel Webster who shared the results of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide contest dedicated to showcasing the creative talent of America’s youth. This year approximately 30 high schools participated, with Lecanto High School [LHS] having the second-largest amount of participants in the country. All students received a certificate of participation, and one student, sophomore Megan Ryan, received an award for winning the best piece in Citrus County.

Ryan was incredibly excited to discover that she won the contest in her district, believing the competition to be important both to the school and the county as a whole.

“I think it’s a great honor to be able to represent the county in this way,” Ryan said.

The participating art students prepared their artwork over a course of two weeks; they did everything from coming up with the design to executing the whole painting process, with guidance from LSA art teacher, Polly Hilgert. Competition participants had to relate their work to this year’s theme, “America the Beautiful,” a patriotic song describing the beauty of the country. Winning works are displayed at the U.S. Capitol for the duration of a year.

Other art students celebrated both the success of Ryan and their own personal accomplishments within the competition.

“I’m proud for their success; that’s awesome! I would be surprised if any school other than ours’ won instead,” said sophomore and fellow competition participant, Austin Hawkes.

All participating students met with Congressman Daniel Webster, who praised both their pieces and the effort that they put into them.

Webster believed the Congressional Art Competition program was integral to recognizing the talents of artistic youth across the country.

“It [the competition] is important to me because of the time and effort spent by both the students and teachers.” Webster said, “They show passion, they’ve got a known talent, and it’s always important to promote the arts.”

All things considered, this art competition was an overwhelming success for everyone involved.

“I’m very proud of all of them; they really worked hard and that means a lot and it shows in their work.” said Hilgert.