Jacob Thomas, a junior at Parkwood High in Waxhaw, has won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the 9th N.C. Congressional District.
His photograph, “Reflections,” will be displayed in a busy corridor of the U.S. Capitol for one year, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Charlotte Republican, announced. Jacob also will receive a scholarship offer from an arts university in the Southeast and two plane tickets for him and a guest to Washington for a reception in his honor.
“Each year, one entry captivates everyone who visits my Charlotte office,” Pittenger stated. “This year, Jacob’s stunning photograph is the one people came back to again and again.”
Brooke Drury of Providence High was first runner-up for the mixed medium entry “The Daydreamer.” Kenna-faith Hovey of Statesville Christian School was second runner-up for the watercolor “The World in True Colors.” Both will receive a full scholarship to a summer art studio program in Charlotte.
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Additional finalists were Sneha Mehrotra of Ardrey Kell High, Parker Greaves of Renaissance at Olympic High, Emily Jane Chapman of Weddington High and Anna Lichtenberger of Charlotte Christian School.
An album displaying all 35 entries is available on Pittenger’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/CongressmanPittenger.