Sugar Land, Katy students awarded Congressional Art Competition prizes

June 1, 2018 GMT

Four high school students from Fort Bend County were recently honored with 2017 Congressional Art Competition prizes.

Fort Bend ISD student Hannah Li, who attends Clements High School in Sugar Land, was named the first-place winner. Titled “In The Moment”, Li’s piece will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.

Mya Stalnaker from Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy was awarded the prize for 1st Runner up. Dulles High School student Chelsea Tang, also from Fort Bend ISD, was honored as the 2nd Place Runner Up and Cinco Ranch High School student Phuongthy Tran, from Katy ISD, was awarded the prize for 3rd Runner Up. The second, third and fourth place winners will have their artwork on display in the Texas and Washington offices of Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22).

Rep. Olson congratulated the winners of the art competition in an official statement:

“Congratulations to Hannah Li and all of the talented students who submitted their artwork for this competition,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “The Congressional Art Competition showcases the unique experiences and perspectives of talented artists from across the nation. I’m thrilled to have Hannah’s work to represent the 22nd District of Texas for the millions of people who visit the Capitol each year. I would also like to congratulate Mya Stalnaker, Chelsea Tang and Phuongthy Tran for placing in the top four, and thank all of the incredible students who participated in this year’s competition.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since the competition was launched, more than 650,000 high school students have participated officials say.

Winners are decided for each congressional district by a panel of artists and are recognized in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC.