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Rockwall student Brittany Ables wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Washington, DC, May 19, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the grand prize winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition: Brittany Ables of Rockwall High School. Her artwork was selected by a panel of judges who assessed submissions from high school students all across the 18 counties in Texas’ 4th District.

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which gives students the opportunity to share their talent with visitors to the Capitol. A grand prize winner from each congressional district is displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

Ables’ winning artwork, “Eyes of Imagination,” (pictured below) was produced using ink.

10 Eyes of Imagination

“Eyes of Imagination” by Brittany Ables

“The young folks in Texas’ 4th District never cease to amaze me with their incredible talent and thoughtful creativity,” Ratcliffe said.

“We had a lot of great artwork submitted for this year’s art competition, and I’m grateful for all who participated. I’d like to congratulate Brittany for taking home the victory – we’re looking forward to having her artwork displayed in our nation’s capital.”

Ables, along with the grand prize winners from each congressional district across the country, will be invited to attend a June 29 unveiling and award ceremony in Washington.

In addition to the grand prize winner, Ratcliffe is opening up a two-week voting period for a “People’s Choice” award on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced June 5.