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Cheyenne’s own Casper Sandoval captures district title in art contest

"Self Portrait" by Casper Sandoval, Cheyenne East High School, District Office Winner (Courtesy office of Harriet Hageman)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Cheyenne high school artist has captured the district title at this year’s Congressional Art Competition, marking a significant achievement for Cheyenne and its young talent.

Casper Sandoval, a student at Cheyenne East High School, earned the distinction of District Office Winner with her piece, “Self Portrait.” Her artwork, recognized for its exceptional creativity and skill, will be displayed in the district congressional office.

This competition, held annually by the Congressional Institute, has been a platform for high school students across the nation since 1982, with over 650,000 participants to date, according to the U.S. House of Representatives website. The event aims to foster and recognize young artists within each congressional district.

Highlighting Local and National Talent

In addition to Sandoval’s win, the competition saw several other noteworthy entries from Wyoming. Kimber Prentice from Mountain View High School took home the top honor of Congressional Art Award Winner with her work “On This Night,” which will be featured prominently in the U.S. Capitol.

Other participants included Rachel Merwin from Hulett High School, who was named Art Award Runner-Up with her piece “War Horse,” set to adorn the D.C. office. Jo James from Buffalo High School and Tyler Castillon from Green River High School were also celebrated as District Office Winners with their works “Tranquility,” “Pasture House,” and “Ranch House,” respectively.

The winning artworks from Wyoming reflect the rich diversity of talent and artistic vision within the state, bringing local perspectives to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. as well as around the state.

This year’s selections were made at the Wyoming Art Symposium, held in Casper last week.