OCCHS grad claims top honor in congressional art contest

OCCHS grad claims top honor in congressional art contest

The Messenger 05.28.08 Amber Clemmons, a 2008 graduate of Obion County Central High School, has been named the Obion County winner in the 2008 Congressional Art Competition. The district-wide judging of all county winners was held at the Chamber of Commerce in Jackson. Miss Clemmons, whose art teacher at OCCHS was Suzanne Hill, submitted an acrylic drawing entitled “Discretion,” according to U.S. Congressman John Tanner, who announced the local winners. The district winner is Elizabeth Lee of Paris, whose winning artwork was an oil painting entitled “Violin and Books.” Her work will be sent to Washington, D.C., to be displayed in a congressional exhibition in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Second-place honors in the district went to Rachel McCollum of Dyersburg High School for a pencil drawing entitled “Zada’s Dreams.” Third place was won by Kyra Bishop of Clarksville Academy with her graphite and charcoal drawing entitled “Of Music and Remembrance.” Kyle Robinson of Gibson County High School won honorable mention with his acrylic drawing entitled “Self Portrait in Red.” “The quality of artwork submitted this year was outstanding and I don’t envy the judges having to select a winner,” Tanner said. “I am extremely proud of each of these young artists and truly hope they will continue to pursue their artistic talent.” Tanner hosted a reception following the judging to honor the finalists and each county winner received a congressional plaque. The art competition was open to all high school students in the Eighth Congressional District.

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