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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Prosper Student Katelyn Garst Wins 2016 People’s Choice Award

May 16, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the People’s Choice winner for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition: Katelyn Garst of Prosper High School. A panel of judges selected the top-ten finalists out of submissions from high school students across Texas’ Fourth District, and the People’s Choice winner was awarded to the artwork which garnered the most likes on Facebook and Instagram during a two-week voting period open to the public.

Garst’s winning artwork, “Hands Playing Flute,” was produced using chalk pastels over a collage made of sheet music. It accumulated more than 500 likes on Instagram and Facebook combined, and it will be displayed in Ratcliffe’s Washington office for one year. Her piece was one of four submissions from Prosper High School that were selected as top-ten finalists in the 2016 Competition. “Girl at the Computer” by Jackson Lloyd, also of Prosper High School, was named by the panel of judges as a runner-up.

“We had a great deal of diverse talent represented in the Congressional Art Competition this year, and it’s always exciting to see which piece is the people’s favorite. I’d like to congratulate Katelyn and Jackson their success and encourage them to continue pursuing their talents,” Ratcliffe said.

Garst said she is grateful for all of the support she’s had from her art teacher, Mrs. Seay, and her family in pursuing art.

“I would have never found my passion for art if it weren't for my mom and those who supported me from day one. They have helped me to find not only who I am, but where I belong.”