May 15, 2017 | Blog Posts

Congressman Higgins recently announced Gabby Deshotels, a junior from St. Thomas More Catholic School in Lafayette Parish as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for high school students living in Louisiana’s Third District.

“I am proud to represent a district so rich in culture and home to many talented student artists,” said Rep. Higgins. “Gabby’s piece shows extraordinary creativity, and I’m glad to have her artwork on display at the U.S. Capitol for the next year.”

The piece titled, “Reach,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning submissions from every congressional district. A special ceremony will be held at the Capitol to honor the winners from each congressional district on June 29.

Congressman Higgins received nearly 40 submissions from high school students throughout Louisiana’s Third District.

“Each piece showed exceptional creativity, and it was virtually impossible to select a winner,” said Rep. Higgins. “Thank you to all the talented students who participated in this year’s competition.”

About the Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors an art competition for high school students. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

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