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2018 ART COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

I'm pleased to announce the 3rd District winners of the 36th Congressional Art Competition!  We had 107 high school student compete, and I thank everyone who participated - the artists, their teachers and parents who supported them, and the folks who took part in the "People's Choice Award." 

To highlight the hard work and talent of Collin County's student artists, I hosted my annual Art Exhibit and Award Ceremony on Monday, May 14th, 2018.  That evening, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners, as well as the "People's Choice Award" and Honorable Mentions, were announced. 

The 1st Place winner of the 2018 Art Competition is Amanda He from Plano West Senior High School for her artwork, "City of Bikes." Courtesy of Southwest Airlines, He will receive two complimentary round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. by Southwest Airlines.  In June, Amanda will attend the National 2018 Congressional Art Competition unveiling ceremony at the United States Capitol where her artwork will be displayed along with other 1st Place winners' artwork from across the nation.



The 2nd Place winner is Avery Francis from McKinney Boyd High School for her artwork, "lillehammer." As the 2nd Place winner, Avery's work will be proudly displayed in my district office in Plano.  


The 3rd Place winner is Katherine Strand from Independence High School for her artwork, "Buddies." 



The winner of the People’s Choice Award is Clayton Vaughan from Melissa High School for his artwork, “North Texas Range.”  His artwork was selected for this award by a public, online poll.


Full list of 2018 Art Competition Winners (artwork pictured below):

Place

Student

Title of Piece

School

Hometown

Teacher/Parent

1st

Amanda He

City of Bikes

Plano West Senior High School

Plano Adriane Anderson

2nd

Avery Francis

lillehammer

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Samuel Thomas

3rd

Katherine Strand

Buddies

Independence High School

Frisco

Leonard Buscemi

People’s Choice Award

Clayton Vaughan

North Texas Range

Melissa High School

Melissa

Julie Cruce

Honorable Mention

Emma Zhang

Admirer

Independence High School

Frisco

Leonard Buscemi

Honorable Mention

Marissa Xiong

A Perfect Downtown Afternoon in Allen


Allen High School

Allen

Laura Helms

Honorable Mention

Caleb Doyle 

Monkey Business

McKinney Christian Academy

Allen

Deidre Sickles

Honorable Mention

Anusha Dabak

Serenity

Jasper High School

Plano

Adriane Anderson

Honorable Mention

Manasa Kotmaraju

Sunset by the Ocean

Heritage High School

Frisco

Sarah Watkins

Honorable Mention

Yayi Ding

Docked

Jasper High School

Plano

Adriane Anderson

Honorable Mention

Luke Holthaus

Lifetime of Service

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Miriam Christman

Honorable Mention

Reagan Yablon

Eyes of Wonder

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Brian Magnuson

Honorable Mention

Noelle Barnes

Night Sky

Allen High School

Allen

Stephanie Richards

Honorable Mention

Chrissa Loth

Within the Eye

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Samuel Thomas


Winning Artwork: 

 


 
1st Place
City of Bikes
2nd Place
lillehammer
 
 
3rd Place
Buddies
People's Choice Award
North Texas Range 
 


 
Honorable Mention
Admirer
Honorable Mention
A Perfect Afternoon in Downtown Allen 
 

 
Honorable Mention
Monkey Business
Honorable Mention
Serenity
 
 
Honorable Mention
Sunset by the Ocean
Honorable Mention
Docked 
 



 
Honorable Mention 
Lifetime of Service 
Honorable Mention
Eyes of Wonder 
 
 
Honorable Mention
Night Sky
Honorable Mention
Within the Eye



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 the future.


INFO FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN 2019 COMPETITION

While this is my last term in the U.S. House of Representatives, students interested in competing in next year's competition should check with their U.S. Congressman during early spring for details about the contest (guidelines, deadlines, etc.).