Dennis Yang, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, won top honors in the 8th Congressional District in the 33rd annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students.
Yang’s acrylic painting “After Rain” will displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol, starting next month.
In the 8th district, 250 students from 30 schools participated. Jurors selected 110 entries that were displayed at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville through April 25. From them, 18 works were selected for special recognition.
• The Jane E. Lawton Memorial Award for singular vision or unique use of materials, reflecting Lawton’s individuality and vitality, was awarded to Jackie Margolis, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. This piece will hang for a year in the Rockville office of Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington.
• The Washington ArtWorks Award for the student artist who best exemplifies a mastery of technique and form went to Ashley Dasuki, a junior at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville.
• The Washington School of Photography Best of Photography Award was given to Jiefu Fan, a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
• The seven runners-up will have their work displayed in Van Hollen’s Capitol Hill and district offices for the next year. They are Maria Victoria Velikovsky, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High; Sarah Vermillion, a junior at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac; Cynthia Song, a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville; and Nikki Mills, a junior at Whitman High.
Honorable mention went to Lauren Ahn, a senior at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda; Arianne Mazel, a junior at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville; Ellin Hu, a junior at Montgomery High; and Lauren Gorsky, a senior at Wootton High.