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La Farge High School students took three of the four prizes in U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

Kind, a La Crosse Democrat who represents the 3rd District in Congress, and his wife, Tawni, hosted a reception Sunday to honor this year’s participants and announce the competition’s winners.

La Farge High School’s Hannah Butts won top honors for her dog portrait, “A Friend to All, an Enemy to None,” while her classmate Emily Jacobs, won second place for her landscape painting titled “Hot Spring, Arkansas.”

Tomah High School student Caitlyn Brockman took third place with her photo “Trapped with Chaos,” and La Farge’s Abbey Jacobs won fourth place with her work “Amongst the Foliage.”

“Our students in western and central Wisconsin have some of the best talent in the country,” Kind said. “Tawni and I always enjoy seeing the amazing art our students create every year. I’m proud to see art hanging in the Capitol and my offices that was created here in Wisconsin.”

The first place entry will hang for a year in the U.S. Capitol along with the works of other student artists from across the country. The second place entry will be displayed in Kind’s Washington office, and the third and fourth place pieces will be displayed in Kind’s La Crosse and Eau Claire offices.

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Entertainment and county government reporter

Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or

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