Welch Recognizes Orleans County Students at 37th Congressional Art Competition

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NEWPORT — Rep. Peter Welch hosted the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students at The Gallery at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier on May 14th.

Students recognized from Orleans County schools include:

Elm La Point of Craftsbury and the Green Mountain Technology and Center won third-place overall for “Armor.”

Elizabeth Chitambar of Newport and North Country Union High School received a Congressman Welch’s Choice award for “Wilder Mind.”

“I am so impressed by the talent and creativity of these young Vermont artists,” Welch said. “Their work continues Vermont’s storied tradition of artistic excellence and is a reflection of our state’s first-rate art programs.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords as a way to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country.

High school students submit entries to their U.S. Representative’s office and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries.

The first-place pieces are then displayed for one year in the tunnel leading from the three House Office Buildings to the U.S. Capitol—a route frequently traveled by Members of Congress on their way to vote as well as tourists from all over the country.

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