Payne, Jr. Recognizes Students at Congressional Art Competition Awards Reception

May 3, 2016 Issues: Local Issues
Congressman Payne, Jr. with Arts High School’s Lawrence Armour, winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey.
Payne, Jr. Recognizes Students at Congressional Art Competition Awards Reception

Newark, N.J.Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) held an awards reception on Monday at the Newark Museum to recognize the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District.

“I am always impressed by the creative pieces our local students submit and look forward to sharing them with our community and the entire country. This year was no exception,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “Congratulations to all participants and our overall winner, Arts High School’s Lawrence Armour. I look forward to seeing Lawrence’s artwork every time I walk to the Capitol.”

The winning submission—“Digital Arts” by Arts High School’s Lawrence Armour—will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol for Members of Congress, staff, and visitors to see. In June, Lawrence will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a national ceremony with other winners from around the country.

Shawna Reid, from Jersey City Arts High School, was selected as the second-place winner for her submission, “Paralysis,” and Jaleel Kerr, from East Orange Campus High School, was selected as the third-place winner for his submission, “Seven Deadly Sins.”

Over 60 pieces of art from 16 high schools were submitted in this year’s competition.

Every spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school art competition for Members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their constituents. Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, over 650,000 high school students have participated.

Click here for photos of the awards reception.

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