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Ruppersberger: Patapsco ‘Trifecta’ Takes First, Second and Third in Congressional Art Contest

May 22, 2017
Press Release
Essex’s Alexandra Cargile Wins Annual Congressional Art Contest

(Timonium, MD) --

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced today that three students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk took first, second and third place in the 2017 Congressional Art Contest for Maryland’s Second District. Junior Alexandra Cargile, of Essex, won with her digital media submission of an “animal deity” entitled “Deity of Creativity.” The piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year, providing inspiration to more than 12,000 Capitol visitors and Members of Congress as they make their way to the House floor for votes each day.

“All of the entries we received this year were incredible, but the submissions from Patapsco High dominated the field,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Alex’s piece is a great example of the talent we have in Maryland’s Second District. I want to thank her and all of the talented students who participated in the contest this year and with them much luck in the pursuit of their passion for the arts.”

Sponsored each spring by the Congressional Institute, the Congressional Art Contest is a national high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in the nation. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the contest.

Cargile’s piece, among 32 other entries submitted by high school students across the Second District, was selected by a panel of local artists and art teachers appointed by Congressman Ruppersberger. 

Patapsco sophomore Zachary Hunt and junior Sam Minard, both Dundalk residents, took second and third place, respectively. Please feel free to use the attached photos.