Windham County student recognized at competition

MONTPELIER — Rep. Peter Welch hosted the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students at The Gallery at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier on May 14.

Cassidy Deedman, who hails from Dover and is a student at Twin Valley Middle School, received a Congressman Welch's Choice Award for her piece, "Eternal Bloom."

"Every year, I am amazed by the creativity of talented young artists across Vermont," Rep. Welch said. "Their work, including Cassidy's, continues Vermont's storied tradition of artistic excellence and is a reflection of our state's first-rate art programs."

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords as a way to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country. High school students submit entries to their U.S. Representative's office and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries. The first-place pieces are then displayed for one year in the tunnel leading from the three House Office Buildings to the U.S. Capitol — a route frequently traveled by Members of Congress on their way to vote as well as tourists from all over the country.


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