Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

High School Art Contest Winners to be Honored

May 1, 2014
Press Release

Congressman McClintock will present awards to high school students who earned the top spots in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  The students, teachers and families will be honored at a reception on May 14, 2014.  The reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. at BI Design Studio, 1004 White Rock Road, Suite 200, El Dorado Hills.  The theme of this year’s competition is “Proclaim Liberty.” 

The honorees are:


Liberty In Music / Artist Meghan Byrd

South Lake Tahoe High School / Art Teacher, Candi Lincoln

“Liberty in Music”
Artist Meghan Byrd (click here for larger view)

Student’s description regarding theme Proclaim Liberty: “Dedicated to Alice Herz-Sommer, who Nazi’s forced to play the piano to keep prisoners calm on their way to the gas chambers.  Her love of people and music helped save her and her son’s life. She embodies liberty in how she focused on offering a moment of emotional liberty through music for those in the grimmest of situations. Alice passed away on February 23, 2014. She inspires me to find the freedom and beauty in every situation. As an artist and musician, I find liberty through my music and art.”



On Wings of Liberty / Artist Lexi Haddad

Granite Bay High School / Art Teacher, Myron Stephens



Freedom Soars / Artist Brittany Sanders

Granite Bay High School / Art Teacher, Myron Stephens

** Click Here to View Winning Art Entries**

Honorable Mention was given to four students:

Rachel Aronoff of South  Tahoe High for her entry “The Freedom to Dream”

Mary Jo Lonsdale of Granite Bay High for her entry “Coming For to Carry Me Home”

Brianna Rettig of South Tahoe High for her entry “Pioneer Californians”

Colleen Curry of Connections Visual & Performing Arts Academy for her entry “Heroes Among Us”

The winning entry from each congressional district across the United States is displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol.  The winning student from each congressional district is invited, along with one guest, to the unveiling of the exhibit and a reception in Washington, D.C. and is provided two round-trip airline tickets for the occasion.