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Local students take home first place at state art competition

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- First-place awards were recently presented at the 2013 Congressional Youth Art Competition, and the winners will go on to compete at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Two of the winners are from local schools, including Chloe Richardson, a freshman at Wahama High School in Mason County; and Cassidy Metzger, a junior at Spring Valley High School in Wayne County.

In addition, two Spring High School students were named runners-up, including senior Ryan George and sophomore Cassidy Sullivan.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submitted entries to the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, and exhibition juror Staci Leech Cornell selected the winning entries. Winners were recognized recently at the Culture Center in Charleston and will be recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The students' work will be featured in a Culture Center exhibition that runs through March in honor of Youth Art Month, and the district winners will be on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The other local participants included a number of students from Spring Valley High School, including senior Kaitlin Nicole Blatt, senior Brooke Burgess, sophomore Katie Christian, senior Megan Conley, sophomore Victoria Deshazer, junior Maddisen Ellison, senior Lauren Fuller, junior Kylie Gilbert, junior Shannon Marshall, senior Katie Oxley, junior Adam Page, senior Megan Williams and junior Amber Rose Wood.