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Yarmuth Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition's National Winner

LOUISVILLE – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that Atherton High School junior Raquel Masterson has won his 2016 Congressional Art Competition’s National prize. The announcement was made at a morning assembly of more than 1,300 students at the school.

Masterson’s drawing, entitled “Fly Aways,” was chosen by a panel of judges from the local arts community. It will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol’s “Artistic Discovery” corridor for one year, and Masterson has been invited to Washington for an awards ceremony later this year. Two roundtrip tickets for the event will be provided courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

“It’s an honor to represent such a creative and artistic city, and Louisville’s range of talent is on full display in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” said Yarmuth. “I’m honored to bring Raquel’s winning drawing to Washington, where it will represent our community’s artists on Capitol Hill and be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors over the next year.”

Since 1982, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition, a contest that enables high school students from across the nation to demonstrate their artistic talents before a global audience. Yarmuth will announce the winner of the Community Choice competition—voted on by the public via the Congressman’s website—later this week at an event at the student’s school and on social media.

Yarmuth’s tenth annual competition drew more than 100 entries from high-school students representing 11 local schools. To view a gallery of this year’s entries, please visit or click here.

Rep. Yarmuth presents winning certificate to Atherton High School junior Raquel Masterson, winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition’s national contest.



“Fly Aways,” Masterson’s winning drawing.



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