TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Saturday, May 12, U.S. Representative Martha McSally's office announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.
Rebecca Burton, a junior at Empire High School in Tucson, was awarded first place in the competition for her watercolor entitled "Sister."
Out of 44 submissions from students at ten high schools around Congressional District 2, "Sister" was selected for first place by a panel of local art experts.
Her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol until next Spring and she will be invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception along with other Congressional district winners.
Second place went to Michael Fisher, a senior at City High School for his art piece, "Eye" in pen and ink.
Camyrn Malozsak, a junior at Walden Grove High School, was awarded third place for her photograph "Biz-B."
Their artwork will be displayed in the Tucson and Sierra Vista offices, respectively.
"I would like to congratulate all who participated in this year's Congressional Art Competition. These art pieces display the talent and creativity of our students, and the incredible diversity of this year's art submissions is truly emblematic of Southern Arizona," said Congresswoman McSally, in a recent news release.
In addition, three pieces received honorable mention: "Silent Voices" a pencil drawing by freshman Mykaela Salvacion of Basis High School in Oro Valley, "What Lies Beneath" a photograph by senior David Bertoldo of Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, and "Rhab Alharb" an oil painting by Joy M. Mona, a senior from Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley.
Rep. McSally also announced the winner of the "People's Choice" award, selected by constituents who voted for their favorite submission on Rep. McSally's Facebook page.
The artwork that received the most votes was "Hummingbird" – a photograph by Jacqueline Maldonado, a sophomore at Flowing Wells High School. "Hummingbird" will be displayed in Rep. McSally's office in Washington, DC.
To view all the submissions, click HERE.
To view all photos of the event, click HERE.