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Local students win Congressional awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Peter Welch hosted the 30th Annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students at the T.W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center in Montpelier last week.

Allison Straley of North Ferrisburg, who attends Vergennes Union High School, was honored with the People's Choice Award for her piece, "Self-Portrait."

Alyssa Lynn Kilburn of Vergennes, who attends Vergennes Union High School, was honored with the congressman's Choice Award for her piece, "Hand Study."

This year's competition featured artwork from 165 Vermont high school students from 35 schools throughout the state. The competition was initiated by former Rep. Jim Jeffords in 1981 as a way to celebrate the artistic talent of the nation. The winning artwork from each congressional district throughout the country is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Welch personally congratulated Allison Straley of Vergennes-People's Choice Award winner in this year's Congressional Art Competition-and Alyssa Lynn Kilburn of Vergennes, the congressman's Choice Award winner in this year's Congressional Art Competition.

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