Westinghouse Arts Academy Student Wins Congressman Doyle’s 2019 Congressional Arts Competition

May 13, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that Caden Ferita from Westinghouse Arts Academy won the First Place ribbon in the 2019 Congressional High School Arts Competition in the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

 Art Competition winner Caden Ferita with painting and Congressman Doyle

Ms. Ferita’s artwork, an oil painting named “René,” 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 28 entries from 10 schools in the 18th Congressional District. 

The Second Place ribbon recipient was Lillianne Taylor from Pittsburgh CAPA for her multi-media composition “Gabby.” Her artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Washington, DC, office.


Caleb McCoy from Woodland Hills High School received third place for his untitled drawing with marker and pen. Mr. McCoy’s drawing will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s South Side Pittsburgh office.


The Fourth Place ribbon went to Nicholas Altland from Upper St. Clair High School for his photograph entitled “Over the Mon,” Mr. Altland’s composition will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s Bethel Park office.

The Fifth place award recipient of the 18th District Congressional High School Art Competition was Hayley Shevitz from Pittsburgh CAPA for her charcoal drawing “Mystery-Pop.” Ms. Shevitz’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Doyle’s McKeesport District Office for the coming year,

We received 28 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-fifth year in a row that Rep. Doyle has hosted this event.  All public and private high school students within the 18th 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:

  • Mackenzie Freed-DePastino from East Allegheny High School
  • Taya Tassone from East Allegheny High School
  • Kyrie Allshouse from Pittsburgh CAPA
  • Francesca Lojacono from Pittsburgh CAPA
  • Ashleigh Smith from South Allegheny High School