Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy Student Wins Congressman Doyle’s 2018 Congressional Arts Competition

April 3, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) announced that Haley Peretic from Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy won the First Place ribbon in the 2018 Congressional High School Arts Competition for the 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Doyle with Haley Peretic winner of 2018 Art Competition
Ms. Peretic’s artwork, a drawing in colored pencil and marker entitled “Happy Heart,” will be displayed in a place of honor in the tunnel of the United States Capitol Building for the next year. Her work was selected out of a field of 90 entries from 19 schools in the 14th Congressional District.  
The Second Place ribbon recipient was Laurel Black from Springdale High School for her oil painting “Sweet Innocence.” Her artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Washington, DC, office.
Laurel Black's artwork received 2nd place in the 2018 art competition
The Third Place award went to Derek Kotecki from Baldwin High School for his charcoal drawing entitled “Self.” Mr. Kotecki’s painting will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s South Side Pittsburgh office. 
2018 art competition 3rd place Derek Kotecki with Congressman Doyle
The Fourth Place ribbon went to Rachel Simcic from Springdale High School for her composition involving mixed media, digital art, and markers entitled “Thief.” Ms. Simcic’s painting will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Penn Hills office.

4th place in 2018 Art Competition Rachel Simcic
The Fifth place award recipient of the 14th District Congressional High School Art Competition was Taylor Rebyanski from Westinghouse Arts Academy for her colored pencil drawing “Iris.” Ms. Rebyanski’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s McKeesport District Office for the coming year.  

5th place in 2018 art competition was "Iris" by Taylor Rybecki
“We received 90 impressive entries for this year’s competition, and I don’t know how the judges were able to pick a winner,” Congressman Doyle said. “The effort and dedication that these students put into their compositions is clear, and their artistic talents are quite evident in the artwork they submitted.  They all should be very proud of their work.”
The winners were announced and all of the participants were recognized at an awards ceremony held at the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union building this evening.                                    
The competition was again sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.  This was the twenty-fourth year in a row that Rep. Doyle has hosted this event.  All public and private high school students within the 14th Congressional District are eligible to participate in this competition.
“Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity of the young people in our communities,” Congressman Doyle remarked. “It is my pleasure to acknowledge and recognize these individuals and their artistic abilities by sponsoring this event each year.”  
The judges awarded the following students Honorable Mentions for their artwork:
Summer Bernotas from Baldwin High School
Nicole Ellwood from East Allegheny High School 
Julia Conway from Gateway High School
Erin Douglass from Gateway High School 
Aliza Hamid from Gateway High School 
Shaina McKinney from Gateway High School 
Anwitha Sherigar from Gateway High School 
Jennifer Gustafson from Highlands High School *
Sophie Gatesman from Oakland Catholic High School 
Madison Pastore from South Allegheny High School 
Kathleen Marsili from Springdale High School * 
Sophia Lebiere from Winchester Thurston School
* individuals who received Honorable Mention awards last year as well