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Smith Announces Cape Area Student Winner of 2020 Congressional Art Competition, Top 20 Pieces

Submitted Photo Madi Holt and her winning work of art, “Patriotism Lives On.”

SALEM, Mo. – Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) announced that Madi Holt of Advance High School has been selected as the overall winner for Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Holt’s work “Patriotism Lives On” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

“I was blown away by the quality of the artwork we received this year from across southern Missouri,” said Congressman Smith. “First, let me say congratulations to Madi for being chosen as this year’s winner. Not only is her piece stunning, but its depiction of one of our nation’s veterans is the perfect representation of southern Missouri to hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. I encourage everyone to visit our virtual arty gallery, to see some of the incredible artistic skill that resides in our area.”

Congressman Smith also announced the Top 20 pieces of art that are now hanging in the virtual art gallery available, here. In total, Congressman Smith’s office accepted nearly 150 submissions from local high school artists.

Here is a complete list of the Top 20 students, their district location, and the name of their piece of art:

West Plains:

“Thayer Frisco Depot” by Skyler Todd of Thayer High School;

“Collateral Damage” by Demi Tabor of Bakersfield High School;

“Returning Home” by Willow Collins of Bakersfield High School;

“Strawberry Jam” by Connor Quimby of West Plains High School;

“The Sixties” by Kiersten Shelley of West Plains High School.


“Polaroid” by Lara Stevens of Salem High School;

“Frisco Station” by Luke Bartlett of Salem High School;

“She’s Out Of Her Mind” by Sarah Gilliam of Rolla High School;

“Noir et Blanc” by William Graves of Mountain Grove High School;

“Drummer” by Amelia McKinney of Houston High School.


“Aysia” by Jada Martin of Jackson High School;

“Local Serenity” by Alice Mansell of Jackson High School;

“Patriotism Lives On” by Madi Holt of Advance High School;

“Gallery Thoughts” by Sarah Steinhibler of Jackson High School;

“Leader of our Nation” by Jenna Oberle of Advance High School.

Poplar Bluff:

“Exodus” by Haven Bleavins of Richland High School;

“It’s Not Always Gloomy” by Ashland Wheeler of Richland High School;

“Elvis Pigsley” by Elizabeth Arnold of Richland High School.


“Blue Boy” by Anastasya Kelley of Southern Reynolds County R-2;

“Lost in Space” by Destiny Keathley of Southern Reynolds County R-2.

Submitted Photo
A collage of the Top 20 pieces from southern Missouri.