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Linda Sailer, Forum News Service, Published June 02 2013

Dickinson grad named ND winner of Congressional Art Competition

DICKINSON, N.D. – Mandy Marboe’s skill at drawing horses has resulted in a state art award and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Congressman Kevin Cramer announced that Marboe is the North Dakota winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

She is a 2013 graduate of Dickinson High School and the daughter of Cindy Marboe.

Her art piece was chosen during the North Dakota Juried Student Art Show at the Taube Museum of Art in Minot. The pastel chalk entry of a horse titled “Determination” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.

“I’m always doing horses – my notebooks are full of horses,” she said.

The art piece was submitted for competition by her art teacher, Tod Winter.

“I didn’t know my teacher had entered it,” Marboe said. “He enters a lot of my art, but I was surprised I won.”

Marboe will attend a winners’ reception in Washington on June 26 at the Capitol Visitor Center, where she will be congratulated by Cramer.

Marboe was presented with more than $1,200 in surprise donations from the community on the last day of school. Teachers from Dickinson High School and members of her congregation at Evangelical Bible Church in Dickinson collected the funds to help defray the cost of the trip for Marboe and her mother.

DHS Principal Ron Dockter and the Rev. Tim Privratsky of Evangelical Bible Church attended the event.

“I congratulate Mandy on winning the 2013 Congressional Art Competition,” Cramer said. “Her piece is an excellent representation of North Dakota and will look great on display for my colleagues and thousands of visitors in the halls of Congress. The generosity of her teachers and church family is a testimony to the character of both Mandy and her community, and will give her the opportunity to meet hundreds of other student winners in our nation’s capital.”

Cindy Marboe said her daughter is very talented.

“She loves to draw,” she said. “It comes naturally to her. It doesn’t take her any time at all. Of course, she likes horses the best.”

Marboe has always loved art and was inspired by her sisters, who also are artists.

“My favorite is acrylics, but I like to draw with pencil,” she said.

Marboe owns a horse, Dakota, which she rides in 4-H competitions. This summer, she will be working in Medora, giving trail rides and riding in the Medora Musical when she turns 18.

She plans to enroll at Dickinson State University in the fall, pursuing a degree in agriculture with an equine option and minor in art.

High school students are eligible to participate in next year’s competition. Home-schooled and private school students are welcome.

Those interested may find more information on Cramer’s website, cramer.house.gov., or by calling his Bismarck office at (701) 224-0355.