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Hudson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

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April 23, 2018  
 
Hudson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner
 
CONCORD, N.C. – On Saturday, April 21, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) announced at an awards ceremony and reception held at the Kannapolis Train Station that Jayden Harper, a student at Westover High School, won first place in North Carolina’s Eighth District Congressional Art Competition.
 
“Every year, I am amazed by the incredible talent and creativity of young artists in our district,” said Rep. Hudson. “And one of the best parts is getting to speak with the students one-on-one about their artwork at the reception. I look forward to showing off our district’s artistic talents in my offices and admiring Jayden’s artwork while it hangs in the Capitol.”
 
Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant and Rep. Hudson with the winning artwork.
 
Rep. Hudson announced the First, Second, and Third Place winners as well as the winner of the “Fan Favorite” award to the submission with the most “likes” on Facebook. This year, 27 high school students submitted their art work, which is reviewed by a panel of judges from the district. The theme of this year’s competition was “Hometown.” Winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Second place artwork will be displayed in Rep. Hudson’s Washington, D.C. office and third place will be displayed in Rep. Hudson’s Concord office.
 
Harper’s piece, titled “Elephant,” was selected by an Arts Advisory Committee made up of artists from the district. Harper and one guest will have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. to participate in the national ceremony with other winners from congressional districts across the country. His artwork will also be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol for all to admire.
 
Mayor Hinnant,Wanda Maness, art teacher at South Stanly High School, and Rep. Hudson with the third place artwork. Maness accepted the award on behalf of Qing Xi Li.
 
Hannah Tatman, a student from Terry Sanford High School, won second place in the competition. Qing Xi Li, a student from South Stanly High School, won third place in the competition. KeKe Reid, a student at Concord High School, won the “Fan Favorite” award with her artwork receiving 210 “likes” on Facebook.
 
Mayor Hinnant, KeKe Reid, and Rep. Hudson with the “Fan Favorite” artwork.
 
All entries for the competition can be found here. To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition, click here.
 
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