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Long Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winner

 U.S. Rep. Billy Long welcomed Katelyn Clark, winner of the 34th Annual Congressional Art Competition for Missouri’s Seventh District, to Washington Wednesday.

     Katelyn’s pencil drawing, entitled My Sanity, has been hung in the halls of the U.S. Capitol along with other winning works from across the nation.  In addition to winning the district competition, Katelyn’s work won the People’s Choice Award, as voted on through Long’s Facebook page.  Katelyn was honored today at a reception for winners held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.  Katelyn attends McDonald County High School in Anderson.

     “I would like to welcome Katelyn and her family to the Capitol and congratulate her on her hard work and beautiful drawing.  I look forward to seeing her work in the Capitol over the next year and showcasing it to visiting constituents and visitors from across the country.  I would also like to thank all those who participated in the Congressional Art Competition.  I am thoroughly impressed by the talent of students in our district,” Long said.   

     Kelsey Thornton, also of McDonald County High School, took second place with her pencil drawing, Family Farmhouse; and Nicolas Henderson, of Strafford High School, took third place with his pen drawing, Creekside Village.  The second and third place works hang in Long’s Joplin and Springfield offices.  

     The annual Congressional Art Competition allows high school students across the nation to showcase their artistic talent by submitting an original piece of work to their representative’s office. 

Congressman Long and Katelyn Clark pose in front of her winning artwork, My Sanity, in the U.S. Capitol’s Cannon Tunnel.