Xavier brings home 15 awards from national art competition

The Xavier College Prep students chosen by the National Congressional Art Competion. Pictured in the back row, from left are: Mackenzie Cantor, Emily Woodrow, Madeleine Amavilah, Sarah Agnone and Hannah Zwier. Pictured in the front row, from left are: Rachel Isla, Hannah Medle, Julia DePasquale and Alexandra Podbielska.  Not pictured are Pauline Bueno, Emma Cisneros-Luebke, Carlee Cox, Ava DiStefano, Cecilia Enriquez Sampaio, Lauren Hickey, Cecilia Ramey, Shelby Roberts, Shannen Smiley, Samantha Sydenham, Thuy-Vi Thong, Cheyenne Thorpe, and Michaela Wuychuck. (Submitted photo)

The Xavier College Prep students chosen by the National Congressional Art Competion. Pictured in the back row, from left are: Mackenzie Cantor, Emily Woodrow, Madeleine Amavilah, Sarah Agnone and Hannah Zwier. Pictured in the front row, from left are: Rachel Isla, Hannah Medle, Julia DePasquale and Alexandra Podbielska.  Not pictured are Pauline Bueno, Emma Cisneros-Luebke, Carlee Cox, Ava DiStefano, Cecilia Enriquez Sampaio, Lauren Hickey, Cecilia Ramey, Shelby Roberts, Shannen Smiley, Samantha Sydenham, Thuy-Vi Thong, Cheyenne Thorpe, and Michaela Wuychuck. (Submitted photo)

Fifteen Xavier College Preparatory students captured awards in this year’s National Congressional Art Competition, making Xavier the top winner in Arizona’s ninth congressional district.

Twenty-two Xavier students were selected to exhibit their artwork in the competition.

The winning students were:

Photography
First place: Julia DePasquale
Honorable mention:  Emily Woodrow and Cecilia Enriquez Sampaio

Mixed Media
Second place: Hannah Zwier
Honorable mention: Cecilia Ramey and Lauren Hickey

Drawing
Second place: Shannen Smiley
Honorable mention: Rachel Isla, Sarah Agnone, and Carlee Cox

Print
First place: Hannah Medley
Third place: Alexandra Podbielska
Honorable mention: Samantha Sydenham

Painting
Second place: Mackenzie Cantor
Third place: Pauline Bueno

Xavier students Madeleine Amavilah, Emma Cisneros-Luebke, Ava DiStefano, Shelby Roberts, Thuy-Vi Thong, Cheyenne Thorpe, and Michaela Wuychuck were also selected to exhibit their artwork.

The National Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute each spring to recognize and encourage artistic talent.  Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their congressional representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

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