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Bonamici seeking art submissions

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

The competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 who reside in or attend high school in Oregon’s First Congressional District, which includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop and Columbia counties and part of Multnomah County.

A panel of local artists will select the winner. The winning artwork will be publicly displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. Additionally, the Congressional Institute will fly the student artist whose artwork is selected and one guest to Washington D.C. for an award ceremony in June.

The deadline for submissions is April 15. Details of the 2016 competition can be found at house.gov/content/educate/art_competition and at bonamici.house.gov/art.

Nominations open for Teacher of the Year

The Oregon Department of Education is accepting nominations for the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.

The annual award gives Oregonians an opportunity to recognize teachers who are making a positive impact in student’s lives.

Oregon’s current Teacher of the Year is Heather Anderson, a fourth-grade teacher at Juniper Elementary in Bend.

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award, but teachers may not nominate themselves. To nominate a candidate for the 2016-17 Oregon Teacher of the Year, go to oregonteacheroftheyear.org. The deadline for nominations is May 13, 2016.

Once selected, the Teacher of the Year and his or her school are each awarded a $5,000 cash prize. Two runners-up also each receive an award of $2,000.

Oregon’s Teacher of the Year will continue to teach in the classroom and will have opportunities to speak and make presentations around the state.

In addition, he or she has an opportunity to apply for the National Teacher of the Year award and attend several out-of-state events including International Space Camp, the National Teacher of the Year conference, and the National Teacher of the Year Recognition Week in Washington, D.C. where he or she will meet the President at the White House.