Each year, Rep. Pete Sessions recognizes local students for their artistic talents through the Congressional High School Art Competition. This year, Garland High School senior Catherine Lines took top honors, named the grand prize recipient by a committee of professional artists and instructors. The title grants Lines a District of Columbia visit and a one-year exhibition of her piece in the U.S. Capitol building.
“Catherine’s artwork is an inspiring piece that exemplifies the beauty of our country and the melting pot of cultures in our great nation,” Sessions said. “I am extremely proud to represent such an extraordinarily talented individual, and I am delighted that visitors from across the country will be able to see firsthand the exceptional talent from the students of the 32nd Congressional District.”
Lines submitted her acrylic painting, The Union and the Constitution for All, for competition at the encouragement of International Baccalaureate teacher Paula Lawson.
“All of the pieces submitted from students in this year’s competition were a testament to their patriotism, passion and dedication,” Sessions expressed. “I wish them the very best as they continue their education and continue to cultivate their artistic abilities.”
In addition to snagging first place, a fellow GISD peer, Lakeview Centennial High School senior Jujuan Breaux, also made an impression, receiving runners-up honors for his work, Lady Liberty.