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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Garrett to Host Congressional Art Competition Winner from Warrenton in D.C. This Week

June 27, 2017
Press Release

1st Place - Hello by Abigail Le ; 2nd Place - Sunflower by Alyce Yang ; 3rd Place - Rohan and his Expresso by Caitlin Parz ; Honorable Mention - Spaces in Space by Molly Cesanek

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett formally announced the 2017 district winner of the Congressional Art Competition.

Since 1982, the Congressional Institute sponsors this competition at high schools across the nation which allows panels in each of the 435 districts to choose a winner. The winners are then recognized at their school and at the annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

This year’s winner, Abigail Le, is a rising 11th grader at Highland School in Warrenton, Virginia. As a sophomore, she took the open studio course and seeks to continue this path by taking AP Drawing and Design in the coming year. Her other interests include horseback riding and foxhunting.

Upon selection of “Hello” as the winning piece, Abigail stated:

"I have ridden and loved horses for as long as I can remember. They are by far my favorite animal because I admire their incredible intelligence and the amazing bond that forms between horse and rider. "Hello" was definitely inspired by the adorable curiosity that horses possess."

She went on to say, “When Mrs. Stinnett gave me the foreshortening assignment this fall, I immediately knew what to draw and was very excited to test a different point of view of a horse's face."

Garrett congratulated Abigail by releasing the following statement:

“In both the 5th District specifically and Virginia, we are blessed with a wealth of creative and artistic students. The selection process was difficult and I thank everyone for their participation and wonderful submissions. However, Abigail’s piece stood out as one that truly represents the rural nature of our district and her passion for horses. I commend her on her success so far and look forward to her continuing her path as an artist."

Abigail will be in Washington D.C. this week for the winner's ceremony and a Capitol tour with Congressman Garrett.