Gadsden senior wins congressional art competition


WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Yvette Herrell, RN.M., announced that Kei Torres, a student of Debbie Hartmann at Gadsden High School in the class of 2021, has been selected this year as the winner of the Second District Congressional Art Competition from New Mexico.

“In my first year of hosting the competition, we were delighted to receive over two dozen entries,” Herrell said. “This year Kei wowed the judges with his colorful acrylic paint. I extend my sincere congratulations to him and to all the students who took part in this annual competition.

Kei’s winning piece, “Koi,” will be on display next year in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the United States Capitol to the Cannon House office building. The exhibit features the best works of art from students from congressional districts across the country.

"Me," by Jacob Linsley

This year’s first finalist, “Me” by School of Dreams Academy freshman Jacob Linsley, will be displayed in one of the MP’s district offices.

Congresswoman selected “Faith, Hope, Love,” a graphite and colored pencil drawing by School of Dreams Academy Sophomore Jessica Waid, for honorable mention.

"Faith, Hope, Love," by Jessica Waid

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide members of Congress with the opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the national competition.

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