Rep. Gene Green Awards Young Artist
HOUSTON, TX – On Thursday, Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) announced Jessy Ortega, a student at J. Frank Dobie High School, as the winner of this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition, representing the 29th Congressional District of Texas.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the nationwide visual art competition to recognize and encourage promising artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated.
“Our office is proud to participate in this tradition, which brings together the students, teachers and parents of Texas’s 29th District,” said Green. “Every year I am more impressed with the submissions. We have some talented young people in our district and selecting a winner is never easy.”
Ortega will travel to Washington, DC in June to attend the national ceremony that recognizes the first place winners from across the country. Each young artist will be joined by their Member of Congress and their artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol through May 2018.
Other winners include:
- 2nd Place – Brando Hinojosa, Sam Rayburn High School
- 3rd Place – Emilio Recio, Sam Rayburn High School
- Honorable Mention – Mia Flores, Sam Rayburn High School
- Honorable Mention – Bryan Corona, Pasadena High School