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Sen. Brad Lager with Horace Mann students

Sen. Brad Lager is joined in the Missouri capitol's Pershing Gallery by Horace Mann students Felicia Sheil, Serena Sundell and Daniel Nam, and Horace Mann art teacher Erin Oehler. Amani Kegode is not pictured. The students' artwork is being displayed this month at the capitol as part of Youth Art Month. Nam was awarded the President's Choice Award for his artwork. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

March 24, 2010

Horace Mann students recognized at capitol for artwork

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The artwork of four Horace Mann students is being displayed this month at the Missouri state capitol building in Jefferson City as part of the Missouri Art Education Association's Youth Art Month.

Additionally, Horace Mann third grader Daniel Nam was awarded the President's Choice Awards for upper elementary students (grades 3-5). The other students whose artwork is displayed are Serena Sundell (1st grade), Felicia Sheil (5th grade), and Amani Kegode (6th grade).

Erin Oehler serves as art instructor at Horace Mann. Any art teacher who is a member of the Missouri Art Education Association can submit up to four entries. The President's Choice Award winners are selected from those entries.

On March 16, the students, along with Oehler and their parents, visited the capitol to see the artwork and meet Sen. Brad Lager. All exhibit participants received a certificate of recognition, and President's Choice Award winners received engraved plaques. The program also included dance, music and theater performances.

For more information about Youth Education Month, go to

Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center, located on the Northwest campus, is an innovative program that provides a clinical experience for pre-service teachers and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages 3 through sixth grade. Horace Mann Laboratory School is a kindergarten-sixth grade school with about 130 students. Education majors get hands- on, practical classroom experience within the Laboratory School, giving them an edge on education graduates from other schools.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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