Amarillo High Student Winner of 2014 Congressional Art Competition

- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) announced Amarillo High School’s M’Kayla DeLeon as the winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.  M’Kayla DeLeon, daughter of Mark and Debbie DeLeon, submitted a photograph entitled “Rustic Reflection” to represent the 13th District of Texas.  The photograph will be displayed in the hallway of the United States Capitol for an entire year.

“Rustic Reflection” is a photograph of an old-fashioned car that has been in the DeLeon family for approximately 30 years.  “It has sentimental value to my family,” said M’Kayla when asked about her work.  “It represents the challenges you face going to new places and into your career, but also the opportunity you have to steer your own life.  It’s up to you.”

Created in 1982, the Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition for high school students from all 435 U.S. congressional districts and territories to showcase their artistic talent and creativity in a year-long exhibit in Washington, D.C. 

Winners of the competition are invited to attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where they will be able to see their art displayed in the Capitol and meet with their U.S. Representative.

“I look forward to congratulating M’Kayla in person and seeing her artwork as I walk to and from the Capitol,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry.  “We had many impressive pieces this year, and I thank all the students for their hard work.” 

M’Kayla’s graphic design teacher, Micah Muehlhausen, said, “M’Kayla is an outstanding young lady.  She has such an eye for photography, something I discovered this year.  She’s an extremely hard worker, working both at home and at school.  It doesn’t matter what the challenge is, M’Kayla always surpasses it with stride.”

In addition to the winner, Thornberry hosted a 2014 People’s Choice Award Competition where 13th District residents could view the art online and cast their votes for their favorite piece.  Kagen Dunn, daughter of Angela and Jason Dunn, won this year’s recognition.  Kagen’s acrylic painting, entitled “T-Bone,” is featured below.  Kagen is a senior at Wichita Falls High School.

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