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MHS student wins congressional art competition

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Natalie Runnels, of Marcus High School in Flower Mound, was the first prize winner of the 8th annual 26th Congressional District High School Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” 

Runnels, a sophomore art student of James Neiswender, won with her pencil/prismacolor piece entitled “America’s Ballgame.” 

“This contest is designed to highlight the artistic achievements of our local high school students and to share the results of those talents with our area and the rest of the country,” said Congressman Michael C. Burgess. 

“Natalie’s work makes the 26th District proud. She is very talented and has a tremendous gift.” 

Natalie’s work will be displayed in the United States Capitol complex for the coming year.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the nationwide 2010 “An Artistic Discovery” exhibition will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2010.  The ceremony will honor the winning artists from congressional districts all over the country. 

Burgess has also announced the second, third and “Texas Choice” winners:  winning second place is Lilly Brott, a junior at Marcus High School and student of Kathy Toews; taking third place is Lauren Hensens, a senior art student of Faith Jessup at Guyer High School in Denton. 

Both students’ artwork will be displayed in Congressman Burgess’ district offices in Lewisville and Fort Worth for the next year. 
Also, Tiana Lord, a senior at Marcus High School and student of Eric Cranston, had her artwork voted the “Texas Choice” winner by popular vote. 

Burgess honored all the participating student artists at a reception recently at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, hosted by the art competition’s co-sponsor, The Greater Denton Arts Council.  The juried competition was judged by professional artist and instructor Jo Williams.  The art competition was open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing in or attending schools in the 26th District.

Since the competition was first launched in 1982, nearly 5,000 local contests have been conducted that have involved more than 650,000 high school students across the country. 

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