Congressman Frelinghuysen Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Sparta, Wayne, Madison Students Win Local 2018 Congressional Art Competition
MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY -- Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) has announced the winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions of the 2018 Congressional Arts Competition. 
Alyssa Talon of Sparta and Pope John XXIII High School was the First Place honoree for her oil painting entitled “Girl on the Bus”
Ava Economou of Wayne Valley High School was awarded second place for her pencil work entitled “Reflections of the Past”
Rachel Cenicola of Madison High School was awarded third place for her photo entitled “The Stories We Wear”
Honorable mention was garnered by:
Tafari Dempster, Whippany Park High School – his colored pencil work entitled “Bioluminesence”; Caitlyn Gethins of Whippany Park High School –  her photograph entitled “From Heaven Above”; Morgan Hoover of Wayne Valley High School  – her gel pen work entitled “”Mel”; Katherine Hu of Randolph and Morris County School of Technology – her painting entitled “Perspicacious.”
“My annual Congressional Art Competition allows students to express themselves through many creative artistic mediums,” Frelinghuysen said.  “I am beyond proud and admire each of the 63 artists who made submissions from 23 schools.  I congratulate Alyssa Talon of Sparta on her winning work of art!”
Each spring, 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. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. 
The competition concluded with a reception at the Morris Museum. Independent judges determined the winners as well as those art works that received honorable mention.