“The art competition has been a great way for us to highlight all the talented young artists we have in South Mississippi,” Palazzo stated. “I am always impressed with the quality of work that students submit, and this year was no exception.”
Sydney Gargiulo’s winning piece entitled Gulf Coast Blue Crab is an oil painting on canvas. It will be put on display for one year in the U.S. Capitol tunnel alongside the winners from the other 434 Congressional districts. As the 2013 winner, Sydney will visit Washington, D.C. this summer for a reception honoring the winners. Congressman Palazzo’s Gulfport district office will also feature the work of overall runner up and first place in mixed media, Marissa Hakes of Petal High School, for her piece entitled Alter Ego.
More than 700,000 high school students have participated in the art competition since it began in 1982. All entries were on display at Pearl River Community College on Monday for a forum where students, teachers and parents gathered to view the artwork, partake in light refreshments, and await announcement of the winners.
Judges were Dr. Amy Townsend, Maggie Smith and Jason Ramshur, all of PRCC.
Other category winners included:
Painting - Cecilia Grace of Gulfport High, second; Summer Wilson of West Jones High, third
Drawing - Hannah Hutson of West Jones, first; Tracey Nguyen of Perry Central High School, second; and Shelby Ishee of West Jones, third
Mixed media - Morgan Breitling of West Jones, second, and Tobiath Wilson of Columbia, third
Computer-generated - Jagannath Nicaud of Columbia High School, first
Photography - Weston Widener of West Jones, first
Collage - Emily Sullivan of West Jones, first; Kimberly Simmons of Petal, second; and Peyton Cliburn of Petal, third