Free Trip to DC for High School Artists

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Southwest Airlines is popping for two free plane tickets to Washington, D.C., for a talented high school artist living in the 16th congressional district. U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo has sent out this press release about the opportunity:

Rep. Manzullo Invites Northern IL High School Students to Enter 2011 Congressional Art Contest Winner receives 2 free plane tickets to DC, artwork hangs in Capitol for 1 year

[ROCKFORD]  Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) today invited northern Illinois high school students to participate in the 2011 Congressional High School Art Competition.

The winner from Illinois’ 16th Congressional District will receive two free airplane tickets (courtesy of Southwest Airlines) to Washington, DC for the winner’s reception in June.

In addition, the winning artwork will be displayed in the halls of Congress with other winners for the next year. Winners also qualify for an annual $1,500 scholarship to the prestigious Savannah Center for Art and Design (

Deadline for submissions to the 16th District art competition is 3 p.m. May 6 at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main St., Rockford. Artwork can be delivered earlier to Congressman Manzullo’s district office in Rockford (415 S. Mulford Road) or artists can request a pick up of their art (art will be picked up on May 5).

Judging will begin at 4:30 p.m. May 6 at the museum, and Congressman Manzullo will host a reception for all artists and their families in the museum’s Riverview Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The winner will be announced during this time.

Any high school student living within the 16th Congressional District of Illinois may participate. The District includes the counties of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, JoDaviess, Ogle, Carroll, the majority of McHenry County and parts of DeKalb and Whiteside counties.

The U.S. Capitol in 1983.

Those interested in participating in this year’s competition should contact their high school art teacher for an entry form and rules of the contest. The rules and forms can also be found at

For further information, contact Pam Sexton at Congressman Manzullo’s office at 815-394-1231.

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