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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Walled Lake HS Student’s Artwork Displayed in U.S. Capitol

May 23, 2017
Press Release
Nathan Adkins of Commerce Twp. awarded Best in Show

Walled Lake High School student Nathan Adkins and Rep. Dave Trott

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after announcing the winners of the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s 11th District:

“Each year, I sponsor a district-wide high school art competition to recognize the immense talent of so many young people across Southeast Michigan, and every year their creativity and eye for art brings tremendous pride to our entire community. This year, I am proud to recognize one of the many young artists in Michigan’s 11th district by announcing Nathan Adkins of Commerce Township as this year’s Best in Show winner. His artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, where Members of Congress, staff, and thousands of visitors will have the opportunity to admire his marvelous work every day.”

As Best in Show, Nathan Adkin’s winning artwork, titled “Bridge to Nowhere,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Adkin’s and a guest will be flown to the nation’s capital where he will be recognized for his accomplishment and have the opportunity to see his artwork displayed.

Winners are selected by a panel of experts, including local art gallery owners and local art professionals.

Complete list of winners is as follows: 

Best in Show
Displayed in U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Student Name: Nathan Adkins
Hometown: Commerce Township
School: Walled Lake Central HS
Artwork Name: Split
Medium: Photography


Runner Up
Displayed in Rep. Trott's Washington, D.C. Office

Student Name: Joe Hardenbergh
Hometown: Northville
School: Detroit Catholic Central HS
Artwork Name: In the Eyes of a Tiger
Medium: Black Scratchboard


Honorable Mention
Displayed in Rep. Trott's Troy District Office 

Student Name: Joe Hardenbergh
Hometown: Northville
School: Detroit Catholic Central HS
Artwork Name: A Soldier’s Worry
Medium: Charcoal