From Congressman Morgan Griffith's E-Newsletter:
"2013 Congressional Art Competition
Each year, the House sponsors a Congressional Art Competition for high school students throughout the country. The chosen theme for the Ninth District this year is “An Artistic Discovery: Discovering Virginia’s History, its People, Places, and Things.” The over-all winner of our district's competition will be invited to Washington for a reception, and the winning piece will be displayed for one year in the complex that houses the Capitol building. This is an exciting way for a student from our region to represent the Ninth Congressional District in our nation’s capital.
A large number of creative pieces were submitted for consideration in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. However, a panel of judges from around the Ninth District selected “A Certain Patrick Henry” painted – on a cabinet door, no less – by Ella Bishop-Heil of Patrick Henry High School in Washington County as this year’s first place finisher. The runners-up both hailed from Virginia High School - Kathryn Carico with “Dominion Express,” and Kamryn Blankenship with “Old Dominion: From Coalfields to Coastlines.”
I am proud of all of the talented young artists in the Ninth District, and want to thank every student and school participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.