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Rep. Kind awards local artists

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, and his wife, Tawni, honored local high school artists Saturday as part of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

Forty-four students from western and central Wisconsin entered their work into this year's competition.

Which were then displayed at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse's Center for the Arts.

Kind awarded the participants; the first place ribbon going to Logan High School senior Devon Lee.

She used charcoal to recreate a picture from the 1930s of a young boy hearing for the first time.

"Art is completely subjective, so I have to thank the judges who picked it because it's just like a personal reflection of myself, kind of," Lee said. "It's really exciting to know that people are going to see it, and I think it's just really flattering."

"You know there's a reason why we've been the most innovative and creative nation in the world and it wasn't just because of math and science," Kind said. "It was because of how we've been able to develop the population in our students throughout the years and I think a large part of that is the creativity that studying art brings to people."

Lee's piece will be displayed for a year in the nation's capitol.

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