Congressman Rooney Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner
Congressman Francis Rooney announced Emma Troyer from Evangelical Christian High School in Fort Myers as the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Emma’s artwork, titled “My Florida”, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year beginning in June.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Congratulations to Emma Troyer on being selected as our 2017 Congressional Art Competition winner. Her work of art, “My Florida”, was a unique depiction of Florida living. I will be proud to see such a warm reminder of our Southwest Florida area’s beauty displayed in our nation’s Capitol. I am impressed by the talent of all our contestants. Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s competition and to our judges that had the difficult assignment of choosing a winner from so many great submissions.”
Emma’s artwork was selected as the winning entry by a three-judge panel of local artist judges who chose between her creation and the artwork of many other students from across Collier and Lee Counties. The 2nd and 3rd place artwork will be displayed in Congressman Rooney’s Congressional offices in Cape Coral and Naples.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide Members of Congress with an opportunity to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition. The competition is hosted annually for students in grades 9-12, with one winner being chosen from each Congressional district.