High School Art Competition Winners Announced
“We have some very talented young people in our district, so the decision was difficult,” Green said. “The Art Institute of Houston evaluated each entry on artistic merit, and Jessica’s came out on top.”
Ortega will receive a free trip to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. with her parents, and the winning piece will represent Texas’s 29th Congressional District on display in the United States Capitol Building. Second place winner Karina Villareal of MacArthur High School received an IPod Nano and third place winner Cesar Mejia of Austin High School received an IPod Shuffle.
This year’s participating students came from Austin, Aldine, MacArthur, and Sam Houston High Schools and Alta Academy. Sponsors include DeVry University, Southwest Airlines and AT&T, the Art Institute of Houston, Neighborhood Centers Inc. and Ed Gonzalez.
Green said the art competition was just part of his office’s extensive efforts to reach out to young people in the 29th Congressional District. The office also sponsors career days , a Paying for College Workshop and free immunizations for children.
The annual Congressional Art Competition is conducted independently in participating congressional districts all across the country. Green’s office has participated for more than a decade.