South Allegheny High School Student Wins Congressman Doyle’s 2017 Congressional Arts Competition

Apr 24, 2017 Issues: Education, Local Issues

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) announced that Macy Kelly Ernst from South Allegheny High School won the First Place ribbon in the 2017 Congressional High School Arts Competition for the 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Congressman Doyle with First Place winner Macy Kelly Ernst

Ms. Ernst’s artwork, a drawing in colored pencil and paint pen entitled “Wildfire,” will be displayed in a place of honor in the tunnel of the United States Capitol Building for the next year. Her work was selected out of a field of 60 entries from 15 schools in the 14th Congressional District.  

Congressman Doyle with 2nd Place Jake Mysliwczyk

The Second Place ribbon recipient was Jake Mysliwczyk from Baldwin High School for his photograph “Winter Descent.” His artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Washington, DC, office.

Third Place artwork "Lizard" by Jonah Grove

The Third Place award went to Jonah Grove from Pittsburgh CAPA for his acrylic painting entitled “Lizard.”  Mr. Grove’s painting will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Penn Hills office. 

Fourth Place Haley Peretic with Congressman Doyle

The Fourth Place ribbon went to Haley Peretic from Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy for her pencil and colored pencil drawing entitled “Every Day People.” Ms. Peretic’s painting will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s South Side Pittsburgh office.

Congressman Doyle with Fifth Place Rachel Sweetall

The Fifth place award recipient of the 14th District Congressional High School Art Competition was Rachel Sweetall from Montour High School, who was awarded fifth place for her paper, glue, and canvas composition “Paper Ella.” Ms. Sweetall’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s McKeesport District Office for the coming year.  

“We received 60 impressive entries for this year’s competition, and I don’t know how the judges were able to pick a winner,” Congressman Doyle said. “The effort and dedication that these students put into their work is clear, and their artistic talents are quite evident in the artwork they submitted.  They all should be very proud of their talent and creativity.”

The winners were announced and all of the participants were recognized at an awards ceremony held at the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union building this evening.

The competition was again sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.  This was the twenty-third year in a row that Rep. Doyle has hosted this event.  All public and private high school students within the 14th Congressional District are eligible to participate in this competition.

“Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity of the young people in our communities,” Congressman Doyle remarked. “It is my pleasure to acknowledge and recognize these individuals and their artistic abilities by sponsoring this event each year.”  

The judges awarded the following students Honorable Mentions for their artwork:

  • Jasmine Wicks from Baldwin High School 
  • Maggie Leone from Oakland Catholic High School
  • Rachael Kate Yanalitis from Oakland Catholic High School
  • Hannah Schwartz from Penn Hills High School
  • Megan Williams from South Allegheny High School 
  • Jennifer Gustafson from Highlands High School 
  • Alyssa Marsh from Springdale High School
  • Kathleen Marsili from Springdale High School 
  • Alexus Frazee from Sto-Rox High School 
  • Jenny Rohach from West Mifflin High School