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Suburban students win Congressional Art Competition.

Sydney Berenyi of Oswego High School was named the 14th District winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

Her piece, "Lily," was chosen from among 57 submitted artwork by students from within the district and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. She also received two round-trip plane tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend festivities in June with other winners from around the country.

Second-place winner Lauren Abrell, also from Oswego High School, will have her piece titled, "New York City From the World Trade Center," displayed in U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren's Campton Hills district office. Artwork by third-place winner Hannah Paschke, of Geneva High School, titled "Thoughts in Bloom," will hang in Hultgren's McHenry district office.

"The number of submissions this year was amazing, as was the talent on display from the across the 14th District," Hultgren said. "All residents should view the fantastic gallery of submissions. Sydney, Lauren, Hannah and all participants are to be commended for their hard work and talents."

Three Judge's Awards were given to Geneva High School students Gabi Salabaj for "Reflection of Iris" and Bridget Mahoney for "Into the Blue," and Sophie Wiencek, of Oswego High School, for "Light and Shadow."

Winners were announced during a reception earlier this week at Aurora Christian High School with parents, students, teachers and community members in attendance. Speakers included, Collette House, superintendent of Aurora Christian Schools, and Vincent Chiaramonte, a portrait painter and graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago who judged this year's competition.

To view a photo gallery of submissions and the reception, visit Hultgren's Facebook page.

Hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated in the Congressional Art Competition since its creation in 1982.

Buddy Benches

Algonquin-based Lovely Candy Company recently donated five "Buddy Benches" to Community Unit District 300 schools to encourage acceptance, kindness and inclusion.

The candy company is known for its consciously crafted candies made with premium ingredients and free of artificial flavors, gluten, GMO's and high fructose corn syrup. The initiative is an example of how it is giving back to the community.

Company President Mike Nakamura dedicated one of the benches Wednesday at the Algonquin Lakes Elementary School playground with District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid and Algonquin Village President John Schmitt in attendance.

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Title Annotation:Neighbor
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 22, 2018
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