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Park Rapids student wins national art contest

Cordelia Willians of Cassd Lake-Bena High School won second place in the 2009 Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota's 8th District.1 / 2
Greta Ertl of Park Rapids Area High School won first place in the 2009 Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota's 8th District.2 / 2

Washington D.C. - Park Rapids Area High School junior Greta Ertl has been named the winner of the 2009 Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota's 8th District for her painting "The Path Within."

As an aspiring artist, Ertl says she often looks inward when she is creating a painting. "'The Path Within' explores the concept of coming together, which in turn creates harmony. The path represents a way to truth, understanding, and light," said Ertl.

Southwest Airlines has donated three tickets so Ertl can attend the reception for contest winners in Washington DC on June 24th.

Cass Lake-Bena High School sophomore Cordelia Williams was awarded second place for her painting "Waterdragon" and Kayla Stursa, a senior from Park Rapids Area High School, received third place for her painting "Determination."

"The most difficult part of this competition is picking a winner; every piece offers a unique vision and every young artist who practices his or her vocation is a winner because they are creating something new," said Congressman Jim Oberstar. "Studies have proven that children who are given a background in art and music do better in math and science, these are programs we must support."

The competition is an annual, nationwide event sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus. Each year, students from across the country compete in local art events held in their congressional districts. The competition provides an opportunity for these students to exhibit their artwork and receive national recognition. Winning entries are displayed for one year in the corridor tunnel of the Cannon House Office Building leading to the Capitol.

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