East Texas high school artist wins competition, has art on display at U.S. Capitol

East Texas high school artist wins competition, has art on display at U.S. Capitol
Leah Davis receives honor from Jeb Hensarling (Source: Office of Jeb Hensarling)
'Free Winds' by Leah Davis, student at Mabank ISD (Source: Office of Jeb Hensarling)
'Free Winds' by Leah Davis, student at Mabank ISD (Source: Office of Jeb Hensarling)

(KLTV) - A Mabank High School student won a prestigious honor for her art submission in a national contest.

Leah Davis submitted the piece, entitled "Free Winds," to the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. She was chosen the winner for the 5th District of Texas. She received the honor from Congressman Jeb Hensarling, and her work will remain on display at the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Each spring, according to the U.S. House of Representatives website, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative's office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

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