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Long announces MO-7 Congressional Art Competition winners

SPRINGFIELD –Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) has announced this year’s top prize winners from Missouri’s Seventh District in the 35th annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students. Kelsey Thornton from McDonald County High School has taken first place for her colored pencil drawing entitled, “Grandpa’s Garden Gospel.” She will be invited to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C., to unveil her work before it is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

This year’s second and third place winners are Walnut Grove High School’s Trevor Doell for his graphite pencil drawing, “Angelique in the Grove,” and Pleasant Hope High School’s Mariah Duff for her pencil drawing, “Track Season.”  Doell’s “Angelique in the Grove” also took home this year’s People’s Choice Award selection. The 2nd place and 3rd place winners will be invited to display their work in one of Rep. Long’s district offices. 

“I’m always impressed by the quality of work produced by students in our district and was excited to have such high participation in this year’s contest,” said Rep. Long.“All of this year’s entrees are testament to these young artists’ bright futures and I’m especially thankful to their art teachers for encouraging these students to participate. This year’s winners should be very proud of their work, which I am looking forward to seeing displayed in the U.S. Capitol and my district offices.”

The Congressional Art Competition allows members of Congress to inspire and appreciate the artistic talents of emerging artists in their congressional districts. The winning pieces for Missouri’s 7th District were selected by professional artists, while the People’s Choice Award was chosen through a vote on Congressman Long’s Facebook page.