Toledo Bowsher Senior Wins Ninth District Congressional Arts Competition



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maya Wymer, a senior at Bowsher High School in Toledo, has won the 30th Annual Congressional Arts Competition in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. The competition was open to high school students throughout the district.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur presented Ms. Wymer with her award during a ceremony honoring all participants. Runnersup in the competition were Masie Kuh (Bay High School in Bay Village) and Moniecia Caban (Toledo School for the Arts).

A five-member jury honored Ms. Wymer for her oil pastel, “What Do You See?,” which will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Ms. Wymer also received two round-trip tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to attend a national awards ceremony on Capitol Hill in June.

“Congratulations to the winners,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “We are trying to uplift the arts as an important part of who we are, so all our young artists are winners, in my opinion.” Other award winners: Payton Lake (Bay), Cassidy Howard (Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo), Taylor Roberts (Toledo School for the Arts), Drew Fleniken (Toledo School for the Arts), Grace Parr (Toledo School for the Arts), and Beth Rosenberger (Waite High School in Toledo).

Recipients of the Bowling Green State University awards were: Erin Curtis (Central Catholic High School in Toledo), Caleb Willhight (Maumee Valley Country Day School), and Maggie Sprouse (Bowsher). University of Toledo award recipients: Aisha Buenavista (Waite) and Katelin Uhinck (Bowsher). The Lourdes University award was received by Mychael Fuller (Margaretta High School in Erie County).

Other award winners:

Eastman & Smith award: Rachel Marter (Bowsher). Valko and Associates award: Kloe Reddy (Bay). Rudolph Libbe Companies Inc. award: Chelsea Connolly (Bowsher). Inspiration Award: Jasmine Friend (Waite).

Diana Bibler (Bowsher) received the Commercial Design Award. Her artwork has been reproduced into glassware by Libbey, Inc. Honorable Mentions in the commercial category included: Rachel Marter and Jaime Forbush (Bowsher), Sienna Saldana and Mr. Fleniken (Toledo School for the Arts), and Mr. Fuller (Margaretta). All participants have been invited to a design career workshop next month at Libbey headquarters.

Serving as jurors for this year’s competition were Antonio Barrios, Lorain Arts Council president; Dan Hernandez, assistant professor of interdisciplinary art, University of Toledo; Leigh-Ann Pahapill, assistant professor of art at Bowling Green State University; Robert Schira, art instructor at Lourdes University; and Sandy Shult, graphic artist at Libbey.

The students’ artwork will be displayed in the lobby of the Fifth Third Building in downtown Toledo through March 29.

The competition was sponsored again by Congresswoman Kaptur in connection with The Arts Commission, the longest standing arts commission in Ohio.

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