East Texans place in Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Jeb Hensarling with Congressional Art Contest winner Rachel Wilson
Congressman Jeb Hensarling with Congressional Art Contest winner Rachel Wilson

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Joseph J. Brettell Communications Director for Congressman Jeb Hensarling:

DALLAS, TX - Congressman Jeb Hensarling announced the winners of the 28th Annual Congressional Art Competition. Rachel Wilson of Martin's Mill High School is the Grand Prize winner for the Fifth District for her photograph, "Green Dreams." Madison Hill, a junior at Bishop T.K. Gorman High School and resident of Ben Wheeler, won second place for her photograph, "Dress." Josh Degadillo, a sophomore at Kaufman High School, was awarded third place for his pencil sketch "Angels in Uniform."

"The 2009 Congressional Art Competition had many great entries from extremely talented young artists, and I congratulate Rachel Wilson for her winning effort, Green Dreams," said Hensarling. "I also applaud Madison Hill and Josh Degadillo for their work. The Congressional Art Competition is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their tremendous talents and receive proper recognition for their work."

Each year, local art contests are held within congressional districts, and the winning entries are displayed in a special exhibition located in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol.

"Each of the young artists who entered this year's competition should be very proud of their work. I am pleased to represent a district with such talented young people," said Hensarling.

As the Grand Prize winner, Wilson and two guests received round-trip tickets to Washington courtesy of Southwest Airlines and attended a special unveiling ceremony at the Capitol.