Roosevelt High School's art department was notified today that RHS Junior Ashley Geraets and her artwork, "Fall of Shinrinyoku", have been awarded 1st place in the Congressional Art Competition. Ashley's piece will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
Last year, Ashley won 1st place for her colored pencil, "Aqua Vitae" about water conservation and nature, and her piece is currently in D.C. representing South Dakota. Two years ago she won 2nd place, and her colored pencil piece "Foxology" was displayed in Representative Kristi Noem's office. This year's piece features the black footed ferret, a species that is endangered in South Dakota.
This is the 7th time in the past 9 years that Roosevelt students won 1st or 2nd in this prestigious competition. Winners from each state are selected and their works displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for one year. Runner ups are displayed in the State capitals.
Congratulations to Ashley Geraets and her Roosevelt art teacher Lisa Dresch!