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Northeast Times | September 17, 2021

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2015 Congressional Art Competition Ceremony and Exhibit

2015 Congressional Art Competition Ceremony and Exhibit

Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition ceremony last Saturday afternoon at the Tower Gallery in Grapevine, Texas.  The event recognized the 30 finalists selected from the 250 entries submitted by high school students living in the 24th Congressional District of Texas. In addition to the ceremony, the event also celebrated the grand opening of the 2015 Congressional Art Exhibit featuring the artwork of the finalists.  The exhibit at Tower Gallery is open to the public until May 17, 2015. Congressman Marchant recognized each finalist with a proclamation highlighting their achievement. “The selected finalists displayed an amazing amount of talent,” said Congressman Marchant.  “It is a pleasure for me to recognize these young aspiring artists, and to help encourage them to continue pursing art.”

The top three artists were bestowed specials honors for their high scores. In third place, Erin Branscum of Grapevine High School received the District Award for her piece entitled Curly Hair. In second place, Paloma Diaz of Uplift North Hills Preparatory received the Washington Award for her piece entitled Dallas.  The Grand Prize Award was presented to Zhexin “Lola” Jiang of Creekview High School for her piece entitled Driving the Heard.

Driving the Heard will hang in the United States Capitol for an entire year where it will join the other winning pieces from Congressional Districts across the country.  Lola will travel to Washington D.C. this summer where she will be recognized in a ceremony to celebrate the national grand prize winners.


The 2015 Congressional Art Competition finalist included:

Name Artwork High School Name Artwork High School
Hannah Christensen Selfie Carroll Senior High School Joshua Martin Aluminum Coppell High School
Taylor Coughlin Fish Carroll Senior High School Anna Sim Japan in Texas Coppell High School
Elissa McCracken Rings of Life Carroll Senior High School Allison Li A Spring Afternoon Coppell Highschool
Duc Tran Nguyen Vitalygo Carroll Senior High School Zhexin Jiang Driving the Herd Creekview High School
JC Patino Adam Carroll Senior High School Jeongho Park Horse and Rider Creekview High School
Kate Sheedy Ireland Carroll Senior High School Erin Branscum Curly Hair Grapevine High School
Arden Wolski Texas Impressionism Carrollton Christian Academy Brittney Phan Diversion Grapevine High School
Avani Gallo Man Horror Colleyville Heritage High School Diane Huynh Humility Newman Smith High School
Haley Justitz Sad Boy Colleyville Heritage High School Nicole Schifferdecker Bluebonnets Newman Smith High School
Jacob Kim Frozen Grass Colleyville Heritage High School Hayley Rothballer Wisdom Prestonwood Christian Academy
Sydney Peel See No Poverty Colleyville Heritage High School Kathryn Deatherage Two Lions Ranchview High School
Eunice Choe Change is Calling Coppell High School MacGregor Williams Tuskegee Airmen Ranchview High School
Julie Choi Monotonous Preparation Coppell High School Kaitlin Westbrook Street Side Steve Ko Art Studio
Amie Deng Fire Coppell High School Tea Brooks Fawn Trinity High School
Madeline Huang Nighttime Adventures Coppell High School Paloma Diaz Dallas Uplift North Hills Preparatory


The Congressional Art Competition was restructured last year into digital online format to help encourage participation by simplifying the process for students and teachers. Consequently, participation this year has quintupled since 2013 with more than a dozen new schools represented in the contest. Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide.  Congressman Marchant has participated in the program since 2005.