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OC student named a winner in district art competition

OC student named a winner in district art competition

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:00 pm

The Messenger 05.23.13

Obion County Central High School student Joseph Bates was recently chosen as the Obion County winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 8th District.
His artwork was titled “Just Me.”
Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) announced Shelby County winner Nithila Ramesh as the 8th District winner of this year’s competition. Her piece, titled “Need a Little Shut Eye,” will join winners from across the nation and be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
Madison County winner Andrea Arreaza of University School of Jackson took second place for her work titled “YO,” while Carroll County winner Wade Gay of Huntingdon High School took third place for his work titled “Potato.”
“I want to congratulate Nithila and all of the students who entered this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Fincher said. “Her artwork is a great example of the exceptional talent students in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District can produce.”
Miss Ramesh’s artwork will be displayed in the corridor tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning entries from other Congressional districts. In addition to the national recognition of her work, she will receive free airfare for two to participate in the Congressional Art Competition’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Washington, D.C., this summer.
Other finalists from the district included Dyer County winner Brittany Grissom from Dyersburg High School, whose work was titled “Deer from My Window,” and Gibson County winner Hope Siler of Gibson County High School, whose piece was titled “Summer’s Almost Gone.”
The Congressional Art Competition started in 1982 as a way to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

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