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Two Ogle County students among art competition winners

An Ogle County student have been chosen as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the 16th District.

Marlen Hueramo of Rochelle Township High School won the competition with, “El Loro,” created with colored pencils and ink. The winning piece will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capital for one year.

Polo High School’s Reylee Katner received Honorable Mention. Katner’s graphite submission, “Satisfaction,” will hang in the Rockford office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, for one year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students were able to submit their art entries digitally as well as in person at the office. The deadline for this year’s competition also was extended to accommodate the extended stay-at-home orders across the state.

Despite these hurdles, more than 20 entries were turned in.