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Competitions open to 11th District students

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., is inviting students from the 11th Congressional District to participate in the 2014 Congressional Art and STEM Competitions.

For the art competition, students should submit one original piece of two-dimensional work, no bigger than 28-by-28-by-4 inches framed. Entries can be dropped off until April 25 at Foster’s offices in Aurora or Joliet. Office locations and contact information can be found at

Artwork will be displayed in a temporary gallery space ending with a reception where the winner and three runners-up will be announced. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., for the unveiling of their work, which will hang in the Capitol complex for the next year.

Three runners-up will be chosen and their artwork will be featured in Foster’s offices. More information is available at

Additionally, this year will mark the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition, allowing students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, and winners will be announced May 24. The winning application will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.

The competitions are open only to high school students who reside in the Illinois 11th Congressional District or who are eligible to attend public high school in that district. For more information, including full entrance and submission instructions, visit

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