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Caprock Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Posted Date: 06/03/2020

Caprock Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

May, 23 2019—A junior at Caprock High School was chosen to represent the 13th Congressional District of Texas in the national 2019 Congressional Art Competition. The winning artwork from Briana Hernandez will hang in the US Capitol building for an entire year.

“I am proud to have this piece of art represent our district,” Thornberry said on social media about the art piece. “I am impressed by the talent shown by students from our part of Texas. Every entry displayed a great deal of artistic ability.”

Hernandez will be honored in a special reception in Washington D.C. with Rep. Mac Thornberry this summer as part of her win. She will also receive a personal tour of the building from Thornberry’s wife, Sally.

This marks the third time in five years a Caprock student has received this title, once in 2015 and then again in 2017. Shawn Kennedy, CHS art teacher taught all three students.

 “Finding viable careers in the creative arts is something we’ve focused on this year,” Kennedy said. “We’re trying to nurture those talents and share those with the world.”

The 13th Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage artistic talent in both the nation and each congressional district. More than 650,000 students have participated in this competition.