South Allegheny High School Student Wins Congressman Doyle’s 2013 Congressional Arts Competition

Apr 22, 2013 Issues: Education, Local Issues

Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2013 - U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) presented Stephanie Taylor from South Allegheny High School with the First Prize in the 2013 Congressional High School Arts Competition for the 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Taylor’s artwork, which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, is an acrylic painting entitled “My Artistic Discovery: Mona and Me.”   Her work was selected out of a field of 58 entries from 12 schools throughout the 14th Congressional District. This is the fourth year in a row that one of Stephanie’s works has placed in this competition.  Last year she took fifth place for her oil painting “Shades of Green,” two years ago she was awarded second place, and in 2010 her painting was the winner.

Miranda Morgan from Springdale High School was awarded second place for her pencil drawing “Breaking Free.” 

Reanna Buzza from Springdale High School received third place for her pencil drawing entitled “Koala in Tree.” 

Candice Kubican from Highlands High School was awarded fourth place for her marker composition “Frederick the Frog.” 

Ashley Guillary, also from Highlands High School, received the fifth place award for her silk painting “Pittsburgh.”

“We received nearly 60 outstanding entries for this year’s competition, and the judges labored long and hard to rate these artworks.  The creativity and effort that these students put into their work is clear, and their talent is obvious in the compositions they submitted.  They all should be proud of their submissions,” Congressman Doyle said.

The winners were announced and recognized at an awards ceremony held at the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union.

The competition was again sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.  This was the seventeenth year in a row that Rep. Doyle has hosted this event.  All public and private high school students within the 14th Congressional District are invited to participate in this competition.

“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.”  

Due to the large number of outstanding works of art submitted for this competition, the judges awarded the following 12 students Honorable Mentions for their artwork:

Emily Cotter from Springdale High School         
Cassandra Finnegan from Springdale High School
Kattie Jones from Brentwood High School         
John Karp from Penn Hills High School        
Elif Kizilkaya from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School  
Perri Murray from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School
Roomel Reese from Penn Hills High School
Samantha Reiss from Sto-Rox Hills High School    
Elizabeth Schaap from Brentwood High School    
Stephanie Taylor of South Allegheny High School    
Sarah Welsh from Baldwin High School         
Dakotah Yaworski from High School