Pete Sessions Congratulates 2014 Congressional Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition. The Congressional High School Art Competition, known as “An Artistic Discovery,” is an annual, nationwide art competition initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts. The competition for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas was open to all high school students residing in the district. This annual competition provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.

Madeline Lynn, a senior at Ursuline Academy, was awarded the Grand Prize for her photography entitled “Third World Reality.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Madeline will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.

It is an honor to congratulate Madeline on her artistic accomplishment and I look forward to seeing her work displayed in the corridor to the U.S. Capitol. I am delighted that visitors from across the country and other Congressional members will see an example of the exceptional talent from the students of the 32nd Congressional District.

This year’s competition included 41 entries from students representing 12 local schools and was once again sponsored by The Art Institute of Dallas. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute, educators, and local artists.

Runners Up honors were presented to Maury Sheeder, a junior at Highland Park High School, for her photography entitled “Transition” and to Angie Reisch, a senior at Ursuline Academy, for her oil painting entitled “Syria.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Aliana Layug, a senior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for her pencil work entitled “Patterns of a Face.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be proudly displayed in Congressman Sessions’ office for the next year.

The award-winning art produced by Madeline, Maury, Angie, and Aliana showcased their exceptional talent and I am very proud of their hard work. All of the student’s submissions in this year’s competition displayed dedication, passion, and creative excellence. I wish them the very best as they continue their education and further develop their artistic abilities.


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