Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) announced today the local finalists for the annual 8th Congressional District Art Competition for high school students across southeast and south central Missouri.

Congressman Smith’s office accepted more than 120 submissions from local high school artists, and today Congressman Smith congratulated Kullen Myers from Salem High School and Michelle Woodley from Rolla High School as the Rolla regional winners.


“Nothing brings out our best like friendly competition,” Congressman Smith said. “We received so many excellent submissions from high school students in Missouri this year, and today I’d like to congratulate Kullen and Michelle for winning Rolla’s regional competition. They now move on to the final competition, where we’ll select the overall winner whose vision of patriotism will hang in the halls of the United States Capitol.”


The two entries from the Rolla office will now head to a “Best of Show” competition. The winner of the 8th Congressional District Art Contest will receive two round-trip plane tickets to attend the national recognition reception in Washington, D.C. The winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, where lawmakers and thousands of visitors will walk past it each day.


The overall “Best of Show” winner will be announced later this month.