By: Michaela Brennan/Sophomore Writer
Blue Ridge students Dorie Penny (junior), Gabby Button (senior), and Amelia Kerr (senior) took first, second, and third, respectively, in the Congressional Arts Competition for District 10. This is the sixth year in a row that Blue Ridge students have placed in the top three.
The Congressional Institute annually sponsors this nationwide high school visual art competition as a way of honoring artistic students across the nation. Each congressional district sends its top student to Washington, D.C. for an unveiling of the competition’s winners at the Artistic Discovery Exhibition Opening. Students’ art then remains on display in the nation’s Capitol building for a year. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Mr. Matthew Nebzydoski, high school principal, says: “Congratulations to all winners. Having artwork created by our high school students, recognized for excellence and displayed publicly is a great honor. Sweeping 1st-3rd place really shows the talent level of our student artists.”
Past Blue Ridge students chosen for the award include 2014 graduate Anja Whitehead, who entered two pieces and placed 1st and 2nd; and 2013 graduate Allison Collier, who placed 3rd.
The competition qualification, hosted by public television station WVIA, Pittston, represented student artwork entries for PA districts 10, 11 and 17 for Congressmen Lou Barletta, Tom Marino and Matt Cartwright.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and allows high school students from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories to display their artistic talents.
As the first place winner Dorie Penny’s work will be on display in the Capitol building in D.C., while Amelia Kerr’s artwork will be on display at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.
District 10 is Congressman Tom Marino’s district.