Congratulations to Walton Middle School art student Maeghan Hopper for having her art work selected as the Walton County representative in the Art in the Capitol Competition. Maeghan's art work will be displayed in the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee during the 2020 Legislative Session.
In July of 2016, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 701 establishing the Art in the Capitol Competition, a statewide visual arts competition for Florida students in grades 6 through 8. Each school district is required to hold an annual art competition with artwork judged by a selection committee consisting of art teachers. The winning art from each district is then displayed in the Capitol.
On Friday, November 15, 2019, Representative Brad Drake honored Maeghan with a special visit to collect the picture to be delivered to the Department of Management Services at the state Capitol. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and Principal Jason Campbell congratulated Maeghan and her art teacher, Brittany Grant, for this achievement. Maeghan's family came to the event to show their support and encouragement. Her grandmother made a 6 hour drive to celebrate this recognition with Maeghan!
In conversation with Rep. Drake, Maeghan shared her love for art, and indicated that she would like to pursue Animation as a career!
This is the second consecutive year that the Art in the Capitol Competition winner from Walton County School District has been a student at Walton Middle School, with art teacher Brittany Grant.