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Firestone students excel in Congressional Art Show

6/19/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON — The artwork of three Firestone High School students was honored at the Congressional Art Show awards ceremony, which took place May 10 at the Butler Museum of Art.

Junior Mengu Yu, shown at right top, won best in show for her self-portrait, and sophomore Natalie Steigmann-Gall, shown at right middle, won first place for her work, “Naloni.”

In addition, sophomore Louisa McCoy, shown at right bottom, won honorable mention for her “Streaked Face (self-portrait).”

According to the U.S. House of Representative’s website, www.house.gov, each spring the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated, the website states. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Yu will receive two airline tickets to travel to Washington, D.C., to see her painting hanging with the other award-winning pieces from around the country.

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