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Congressman holds competition for high school students

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 8:58 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, has announced two separate contests for high school students.

The first is the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from the 14th District of Illinois. The winner's artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.

"The 14th District is filled with talented young artists," Hultgren said. "Every year, I am impressed by each entry and enjoy highlighting the work of our district’s artistic high school students to visiting constituents touring the Capitol.”

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982. One winner is chosen from each district, and the winner’s artwork is then sent to Washington, D.C., for display in the U.S. Capitol.

Submitted artwork will be hung at Water Street Studios for a reception announcing the winners, so make certain that artwork is “ready to hang.” Each winner also receives a round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., compliments of Southwest Airlines.

Entries for the competition are now being accepted and must be submitted to Hultgren's district office by April 4. The entry only needs to be framed if it is selected as the winner, The district office is located at 1797 W. State St., Suite A, in Geneva.

For any additional questions or to obtain a copy of the guidelines and student information/release forms when they become available, call Ruth Richardson in Hultgren’s office at 630-232-7104.

Hultgren also has announced the start of the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House Student App Challenge,” for high school students from the 14th District.

The competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields, allowing students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The contest is open to all high school students nationwide. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the competition submission period before 10:59 p.m. April 30, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. Submitted apps will be judged by a panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields, and winners will be selected in May.  

The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the House of Representatives’ website – www.House.gov – as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.

Additional details on the House App Contest are available on Hultgren’s website at hultgren.house.gov.

For information, call Amber Johnson in Hultgren’s Washington office at 202-225-2976.

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