“Liberty,” a photograph by Forest Lake High School senior Maria Mahnke of Marine on St. Croix, won first place in Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s Congressional Art Competition for the Sixth District.
Maria’s artwork will be sent to Washington, D.C., where it will hang in the Cannon House office building tunnel at the U.S. Capitol for a year. She will be invited to attend the National Art Competition ceremony. Another photograph by Mahnke, titled “Freedom,” tied for third place. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition for high school students across the United States. Each Congressional office selects one winner to display in the tunnel, which is traveled daily by members of Congress, staff, and visitors.