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Rep. Ruppersberger Celebrates Maryland's 2nd District Congressional

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Ruppersberger welcomed the winner of the 2003 An Artistic Discovery Competition, Chelsea Geiger, to our Nation's Capitol today to celebrate the Annual Congressional High School Art Competition. Together, they attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony and reception to help commemorate artwork from over 300 high school students across the country.

"We thought this wonderful contest provided a great opportunity for 2nd District students to showcase their artistic talents," said Rep. Ruppersberger. "It gives my colleagues and me the opportunity to encourage the artistic talents of young people in our districts."

In all, more than 30 students submitted artwork from a variety of media including photograph, charcoal drawing, and both watercolor and oil painting. This year's winners include third place winner Nicholas Aldridge from Patapsco High School, and second place winner Lisa Goster from the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. In first place is Chelsea Geiger, also representing Patapsco High School, with her oil painting entitled Rainy Night.

Ms. Geiger's Rainy Night is a series of three beautifully interpreted nighttime street scenes of Baltimore painted in oil. For her efforts, Ms. Geiger's painting will hang along side other winners from around the county in a tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the Unites States Capitol. Each day, the artwork provides inspiration for hundreds of lawmakers walking through the tunnel on their way to the House floor for debate and votes.

Since the first competition in 1982, Members have conducted nearly 5,000 local contests involving more than 650,000 high school students. This impressive exhibit represents the combined efforts of House Members who conducted their local contests and the extraordinary talent of our nation's youth students who participated.

For more information, contact Heather Moeder Molino at (202) 225-3061