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Greensboro student wins congressional arts contest

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Washington, May 31, 2013 | Ed McDonald (202-225-3065) | comments

(Washington, DC)----A rising high school senior from Greensboro has been selected by her congressman to have her artwork hang in the nation’s capital for the next 12 months. U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) has nominated Rachel Hayes of Greensboro as the 6th District winner of the 2013-2014 Congressional Arts Competition.

The Congressional Arts Competition is an annual nationwide high school art competition sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus and initiated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in their respective districts. The Congressional Arts Competition provides members of Congress and the public the opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young Americans at the high school level.

Rachel, the daughter of John and Melissa Hayes, is a student at Greensboro Day School. Rachel’s piece was selected for submission by her art teacher, Carey Jackson-Adams. Her work, the Lights of San Fran, is a layered photograph that has been mounted on foam board at different levels to depict differing depths in the photo.

Congressman Coble empanelled a group of local artists to select this year’s winner. James Barnhill, Karen Tury Cecil, William Mangum, and Wendy Wallace comprised the jury that chose Rachel Hayes as the Congressional Arts Competition’s 6th District winner.

On May 24, a reception was held in Greensboro to honor Rachel, along with the two runners up, Grace Bowman and Sophie Meacham, their families and teachers, and the competition’s judges. William Mangum presented each of the honorees with a copy of his book, North Carolina Beautiful.

Rachel’s artwork will be on display in the U.S. Capitol Building from June 2013 through May 2014. She and her parents will be attending a reception in Washington, D.C., to honor the winning artists from all over the country.

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