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Hudson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

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May 7, 2019  
 
Hudson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner
 
CONCORD, N.C. – On Saturday, May 4, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) announced at an awards ceremony and reception held at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center that Abigail Avila, a student at Concord High School, won first place in North Carolina’s Eighth District Congressional Art Competition. This year’s competition was held in remembrance of legendary NASCAR artist Sam Bass, Rep. Hudson’s constituent and friend who recently passed away.
 
“This year’s entries exceeded expectations” said Rep. Hudson. “I can’t wait to show off our district’s talents in my offices and the U.S. Capitol, and I look forward to welcoming Abigail to our nation’s capital to celebrate her achievement.”
 
Rep. Hudson with first place winner Abigail Avila. Martin Avila (Abigail’s father), Nairy Avila (Abigail’s sister), Abigail Avila, Rep. Hudson, Concord High School Art Teacher Quin Dionne.
 
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. 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 district office.
 
Midland Mayor John Crump, School Board Member Carolyn Carpenter, School Board Member David Harrison, first place winner Abigail Avila, Rep. Hudson and County Commission Chair Steve Morris.
 
Avila’s piece, titled “My Little Niece,” was selected by an Arts Advisory Committee, Noelle Rhodes Scott and Rebecca Collins from Cabarrus Arts Council. Avila 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. Her artwork will also be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol for all to admire. Avila also won the “Fan Favorite” award with her artwork receiving 298 “likes” on Facebook.
 
Rep. Hudson with the second place artwork.
 
Hannah Tatman, a student from Terry Sanford High School, won second place in the competition with her artwork titled “Gus.” Ava Thomas, a student from Westover High School, won third place in the competition with her artwork titled “Obama.”
 
Rep. Hudson with third place winner Ava Thomas.
 
All entries for the competition can be found here. To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition, click here.
 
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