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Rep. Tom Graves Announces Winners of 14th District Congressional Art Competition


Washington, April 24, 2018 - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced the winners of the annual 14th District Congressional Art Competition last night at a reception at the Murray Arts Council in Chatsworth. Arianna Williams, who attends Pepperell High School, was awarded first place for her work “Esthe”. Ms. Williams’ work will be displayed in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel to the U.S. Capitol for one year along with the first place artwork from each participating congressional district across the country.

“Each year, I’m surprised and encouraged by the talented young people of Northwest Georgia, and this year is no different,” said Rep. Graves. “You can see by their work that these young artists are truly gifted. I thank each of them for participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. I also thank Lori McDaniel and the Murray Arts Council for facilitating the competition, and Dr. Maria Bradley and the Murray County Chamber of Commerce for hosting the reception and coordinating the People’s Choice Award.”

(Left to right: Leigh Barnes, America Bermudez, Arianna Williams, Katelyn Oliver, Baneza Mejia, Brooke Landry and Rep. Graves)

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The results are as follows:

First Place: Arianna Williams, Pepperell High School, “Esthe”

Second Place: America Bermudez, Murray County High School, “Joy & Agony”

Third Place: Katelyn Oliver, Ringgold High School, “Look for them in the darkness”

Honorable Mention: Brooke Landry, Calhoun High School, “Untitled”

Honorable Mention: Leigh Barnes, Darlington school, “Brother on the beach”

People’s Choice: Baneza Mejia, North Murray High School, “I must not tell lies”

(Rep. Graves and Ms. Williams, who won first place in this year’s competition)

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(The first place artwork entitled “Esthe”)

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The 14th District Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest open to all high school students across the 14th District. This year’s competition was facilitated by the Murray Arts Council, which appointed an independent panel of judges to select the first place, second place and third place winners as well as the two honorable mentions. The People’s Choice winner was selected by community members who voted on their favorite piece of artwork while the exhibit was on display at the Murray Arts Council over the last two weeks.

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