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Albemarle Student Honored at Congressional Art Competition

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Office of Congressman Robert Hurt Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) welcomed Kelly Bao from Monticello High School in Charlottesville to Washington for a reception on Capitol Hill honoring the winners of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

Open to all high school students in grades 9-12, the Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize the artistic talent throughout the nation. This year marked the 33rd annual competition, and the theme for the Fifth District’s entries was A View of Virginia.

A panel of judges from Virginia’s Fifth District ranging from professional photographers to college art instructors and art enthusiasts chose the winner. Kelly’s artwork, “Seasonal Impression of Monticello,” will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol.

Upon winning the competition, Ms. Bao said, “I was glad to learn that I would be given the opportunity to represent my congressional district in the art competition. Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, is a valuable and beautiful landmark of Virginia. People come from all over the world to visit Monticello, including my own family members, relatives, and friends. Monticello never fails to reveal its beauty – the vibrancy of the spring, the flourishing plants of the summer, the golden foliage of the fall, and the awesome serenity of the winter. With this work, I tried to do justice to this year-long beauty of Virginia.”

Congressman Hurt added, “Congratulations to Kelly on receiving First Place for her impressive rendition of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. I am proud that her piece will represent our district in the U.S. Capitol over the course of the next year, as thousands of people from across the country will visit the Capitol and enjoy her work.”

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