In the District 2012
May 15, 2012 - U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) presented Iesha Grady from Penn Hills High School with the First Place prize in the 2012 Congressional High School Arts Competition for the 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Grady’s artwork, which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, is an oil pastel drawing entitled “Harmless Apple Juice?” Her work was selected out of a field of 45 entries from 10 schools throughout the 14th Congressional District.
May 15, 2012 - Congressman Doyle with Maggie Morgans from West Mifflin High School. Ms. Morgans was awarded Second Place in Congressman Doyle's 2012 Congressional Art Competition for her pastel composition “Snowmaggedon.” Her artwork will hang in the Congressman's office in Washington, DC, for the next year.
May 15, 2012 - Congressman Doyle with Sara Hopkins from Northgate High School. Sara's pencil drawing entitled “Britney” was awarded Third Place in Congressman Doyle's 2012 Congressional Art Competition.
May 15, 2012 - Congressman Doyle with Jasper Means from Penn Hills High School, whose watercolor “Life Saving Station #7” won fourth place in the 2012 14th Congressional District Art Competition.
May 15, 2012 - Congressman Doyle with Stephanie Taylor from South Allegheny High School. Ms. Taylor was awarded fifth place in Congressman Doyle's 2012 Art Competition for her oil painting “Shades of Green.” This was the third year in a row that one of Ms. Taylor's works placed in this competition. In 2011 she took Second Place, and in 2010 her painting was the winner.
April 20, 2012 - Congressman Doyle listens to Alexandra Hakala, a Physical Scientist in the Geosciences Division of the National Energy Technology Laboratory in South Park, as they discuss the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. Photo courtesy of NETL.
On May 22, 2012, Hawa Abdullah Salih, a Sudanese human rights activist, met with Congressman Doyle, David Rosenberg of the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, and Pittsburgh City Council Member Bill Peduto to thank them for helping to secure her release from prison. Hawa Abdullah Salih was imprisoned and tortured by the Sudanese government last year because of her efforts to raise awareness of the government's human rights abuses. Congressman Doyle and Councilman Peduto both wrote letters calling on the State Department to make securing her release a top priority. She was released after two months of brutal treatment. In March 2012, she was presented with the International Women of Courage Award by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (from left to right, Hawa Abdullah Salih, Congressman Doyle, David Rosenberg, Bill Peduto)