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Congressman Collins announces winners of Congressional Art Competition


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement announcing the winner, runner up, and honorable mentions of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

Congressman Collins joined participating high school students and their families at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, located on the Genesee Community College campus, for a brief reception before announcing this year's winner.

"Each year I look forward to recognizing all the talented student artists throughout New York's 27th Congressional District," Collins said. "This is a longstanding tradition that's been in place since 1982, celebrating the creative talents of high school students across the nation. While each of the 44 artwork submissions were impressive, our competition judges had a tough decision to make, but ultimately selected Kiara Cherry, from Batavia High School, as this year's winner. I look forward to welcoming Kiara and her family to Washington D.C. to join high school artists from throughout the nation."

This year's Congressional Art Competition displayed the artwork of 44 high school students from twelve high schools within New York's 27th Congressional District. The 2018 winner, Kiara Cherry, will receive a round trip flight to Washington, D.C., where she will join hundreds of high school artists nationwide to see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

2018 Congressional Art Competition Winners

First Place

  • Kiara Cherry, Batavia High School

Runner Up

  • Tara Clattenburg, Batavia High School

Honorable Mentions

  • Stephanie Hoy, Batavia High School
  • Sophia Dinehart, Batavia High School

Congressman Chris Collins would like to extend a special thanks to Genesee Community College and President James Sunser, the art competition judges, Roz Steiner Art Gallery Director Mary Jo Whitman and Associate Professor of Fine Arts Heather Jones, and all of the teachers, parents and students who participated in this year's Congressional Art Competition for making this event a success.

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