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2016 ART COMPETITION, EXHIBIT, AND AWARD CEREMONY

This year we had 112 local high school students submit original artwork in the annual Congressional Art Competition. Equally impressive, we had over 3,700 people vote online for this year's "People's Choice Award"!  I thank everyone who participated - both our students and their supporters!  

To highlight the hard work and talent of Collin County's student artists, I hosted my annual Art Exhibit and Award Ceremony on Monday, April 25th.  That evening, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place winners, as well as the "People's Choice Award" and Honorable Mentions, were announced. 

The 1st Place winner of the 2016 Art Competition was Lauren LaChausse from Prosper High School for her piece, "South Texas Oranges."  At the awards ceremony, Lauren was presented with two complimentary round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. by Southwest Airlines.  In Washington this June, Lauren will attend the National 2016 Congressional Art Competition unveiling ceremony at the United States Capitol where her artwork will be displayed for one year along with other 1st Place winners' artwork from across the nation.

 Ist Place Winner Lauren LaChausse with her winning artwork, South Texas Oranges."


The 2nd Place winner was Hannah Nolan from Plano Senior High School for her artwork, "Fruit Face."  As the 2nd Place winner, Hannah's work will be proudly displayed in my district office in Plano for one year.  


 2nd Place Winner Hannah Nolan with her winning artwork, "Fruit Face."

Full list of 2016 Art Competition Winners:

Place

Student

Title of Piece

School

Hometown

Teacher/Parent

1st

Lauren LaChausse

South Texas Oranges

Prosper High School

Prosper

Judy Seay

2nd

Hannah Nolan

Fruit Face

Plano Senior High School

Plano

Allison Garrison

3rd

Olivia Zha

Autumn Scenery

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

4th

Colin Chan

Dream or Reality

Plano East Senior High School

Plano

Doris Chan

People’s Choice Award

Benjamin Tung

One Gloomy Day

Ischool High STEM Academy

Plano

Kathy Tung

Honorable Mention

Ovet Reynoso

Winter Bloom

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Mary Woodruff

Honorable Mention

Stephanie Shu

Sunflower Portrait

Liberty High School

Plano

Pernie Fallon

Honorable Mention

Jaylen Miller

Door to Elysium

Heritage High School

Frisco

Sarah Watkins

Honorable Mention

Stacey Li

Winter Window

Prosper High School

McKinney

Judy Seay

Honorable Mention

Julia Patterson

Canine Cosmonauts

Plano Senior High School

Plano

Allison Garrison

Honorable Mention

Logan Gardner

Camouflaged

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

Honorable Mention

Layna Maso

Hometown Spirit

Prestonwood Christian Academy

Frisco

Brenda Robson

Honorable Mention

Mia Elizondo

Mermaid

Prosper High School

Frisco

Judy Seay

Honorable Mention

Austin Galletti

Iris in Spring

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

Honorable Mention

Samantha Cheng

Fleurs

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrot

Honorable Mention

Grace McCraw

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Prestonwood Christian Academy

Plano

Brenda Robson


1st Place: "South Texas Oranges" 
by Lauren LaChausse
 2nd Place: "Fruit Face" 
by Hannah Nolan
 
3rd Place: "Autumn Scenery"
by Olivia Zha

4th Place: "Dream or Reality" 
by Colin Chan

People's Choice Award: "One Gloomy Day"
by Benjamin Tung
 


Honorable Mention: "Winter Bloom"
by Ovet Reynoso
 
Honorable Mention: "Sunflower Portrait"
by Stephanie Shu
 


Honorable Mention: "Door to Elysium"
by Jaylen Miller
 


Honorable Mention: "Winter Window"
by Stacey Li
 

Honorable Mention: "Canine Cosmonauts"
by Julia Patterson

 

Honorable Mention: "Camouflaged"
by Logan Gardner
 







Honorable Mention: "Hometown Spirit"
by Layna Maso

 

Honorable Mention: "Mermaid"
by Mia Elizondo
 

Honorable Mention: "Iris in Spring"
by Austin Galletti

 

Honorable Mention: "Fleurs"
by Samantha Cheng
 









Honorable Mention: "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained"
by Grace McCraw


ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

Since its establishment in 1982, each spring the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for high school student artists. This annual competition gives students a rare and unique opportunity to share their talent with the thousands of visitors who come to visit our Nation’s Capital, and it has brought together amazing artwork from all over the United States. It is always inspiring to see the wealth of talent and creativity of our North Texas students, and I encourage all high school students residing within the 3rd District to participate.

In April, entries will be displayed on my website for the public to view and vote for their favorite.  The winning artist will receive the People's Choice award. In May, I will also host an art exhibit and award ceremony to display entries.

In addition to having their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, the student who is awarded the first prize will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., meet with his or her Member of Congress, and attend an award ceremony where their artwork will join other first prize entries from other Congressional Districts for an exclusive unveiling ceremony.