Amir Khadar has continued to build an incredible list of awards during his senior year at Fridley High School.
Khadar took first place at the Congressional Arts Competition on April 24, 2017. He was congratulated by Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison.
Part of the award includes Khadar’s artwork representing Ellison’s 5th Congressional District in the Congressional Arts Exhibit in Washington D.C. Khadar also received two round-trip airfares to attend the exhibition.
Cheryl Burghardt, art teacher at Fridley High School, is not surprised by her student’s long list of accolades. “Amir has a passionate, intrinsic motivation to make art and express himself,” Burghardt said. “He doesn’t struggle to find subject matter. It flows naturally from his life experiences. This connection to his history and personal identity is evident when viewing the work and makes it resonate with the viewer.”
The 5th Congressional District also includes Breck School, The Perpich Center for Arts Education, Southwest High School and Columbia Heights.
“Congressman Ellison asked Amir where he intended to go to school,” Burghardt said. “When he replied, ‘The Maryland Institute College of Art,’ which is only 45 minutes away from Washington D.C., Congressman Ellison suggested that Amir apply for an internship in his D.C. office. I can see Amir taking his passion for giving marginalized groups a voice to this big stage.”