On May 14, 2015

Welch recognizes local students at Congressional Art Competition


Photo one: “The Interior of Dreams” By Martin VanBuren
Photo two: “Twenty-Five Shades of Grey” by Allison Naccarato
Photo three:”Untitled” by Lydia Queredo
Photo four:”Untitled” by Rachel Surrell

Students from Poultney, Springfield, Windsor, Quechee, Weston awarded

On Monday, May 11, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch hosted the 34th Annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students at The Gallery at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. 

Receiving Congressman Welch’s Choice award were: Martin VanBuren from Poultney, Vt., a student at Poultney Union High School, for his piece, “The Interior of Dreams”; Lexi Johnson, who hails from Quechee and attends Hartford High School for her piece, “Vermont”; Rachel Surrell of Windsor and student at Woodstock High School for her untitled piece; and Lydia Queredo of Weston and student at Long Trail School for her untitled piece.

Allison Naccarato, a resident of Springfield and a student at Springfield High School, received Honorable Mention for her piece, “Twenty-Five Shades of Grey.”

“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.”

This year’s competition featured artwork from 141 Vermont high school students from 33 schools throughout the state. The competition was initiated by former U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords in 1981 as a way to celebrate the artistic talent of the nation. This year’s competition featured artwork from 141 Vermont high school students from 33 schools throughout the state. The winning artwork from each congressional district throughout the country is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

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