JANESVILLE — Kylee Kappers, a senior at Indian Trail High School and Academy, was the winner of the 1st District Artistic Discovery Contest.

Kappers will have her drawing, “Brave,” displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

“Congratulations to Kylee on this great accomplishment,” 1st District U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil said in a news release. “Kylee’s respect for our nation’s veterans is admirable.

“We have more than 45,000 veterans in the 1st District. Her drawing is a reminder of the sacrifices and service these heroes make for our freedom. What better place to display this symbol of patriotism than in the halls of the U.S. Capitol? Thanks to the Artistic Discovery judges and students who participated in this competition,” said Steil.

“I created my piece, ‘Brave,’ out of respect for not only the U.S. Marines who died in World War II, but to all who have served, are serving, and will serve in any branch of our military,” Kappers said.

“I believe they deserve the utmost respect for the constant sacrifices they make to keep us all safe. I want everyone to realize just how much these courageous people give up so that we can go to sleep every night in a free country.”

Saturday’s ceremony took place at the Janesville Woman’s Club. Eighteen student artists in the 1st District participated in the competition. Families, friends, student artists and art teachers attended the ceremony.

Kappers’ art teacher is Michael Schroeder.

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