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CHS student Lane McLeod with her winning artwork, which will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year (Cullman High School)

CHS art student Lane McLeod wins U.S. Congressional Art Competition

CULLMAN, Ala. – A young artist from Cullman High School has won the prestigious Best in Show award for the 4th Congressional District’s Annual Art Competition.

CHS student Lane McLeod was awarded a trophy and scholarship, and her watercolor painting of Sacred Heart in downtown Cullman will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel at the Capitol in Washington D.C. for one year. She will also receive a full scholarship to Wallace State Community College, and roundtrip travel to see her artwork.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent throughout the nation, and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. House members may honor one high school student from their districts by selecting a piece of artwork for inclusion in an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. Millions of visitors to the U.S. Capitol view this exhibit each year.

Students submit entries to their 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, DC.

“Lane is extremely talented and is very deserving of this prestigious award as she is a hard and dedicated worker with a big heart,” CHS art teacher Elizabeth Miller said. “I cannot wait to see what Lane will do in her bright future.”

Other Cullman City Schools students who placed at the Congressional Art Competition include: Saley Winn, first place in Photography; Chloe Clark, first place in Computer Graphics; May Dawsey, second place in Mixed Media; and Ziza McDonald, second place in Printmaking.