Whiz Kid: Alecia Hansen
Lakeview junior wins First Place in Congressional Art Competition
Whiz kid’s name: Alecia Hansen
Whiz kid’s age: 17. She is a junior at Lakeview High School.
Whiz kid’s accomplishment: Alecia won first place in the 29th Annual Congressional Art Competition. She won for the 12th Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Rep. Sander Levin. Alecia’s artwork, a water-color painting titled “Violet Landscape,” is being displayed for one year in the Cannon Corridor of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., along with winning pieces from other congressional districts.
Whiz kid’s key to awesomeness: “Alecia is incredibly talented. She puts forth a great deal of effort and thought into her art. She has grown so much as an artist in the past few years,” said Lakeview art teacher Katie Burkardt. "Alecia is also a perfectionist. I’ve seen her rework a piece three or four times until she is completely satisfied. She has been recognized in Scholastic Arts and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. As a junior this year, she has already completed two dual-enrollment classes with Kendall College of Art and Design, taught at Lakeview High School. I’m looking forward to seeing Alecia build her portfolio in her senior year.”