Woodland Hills High School Student Wins Congressman Doyle's 2003 Congressional Arts Competition

May 12, 2003
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) tonight presented Katherine Hallberg from Woodland Hills High School with the First Prize in the 2003 Congressional High School Arts Competition for the 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Katherine's artwork, which will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one year, is an acrylic painting entitled "Technicolor Portrait." Her work was selected out of a collection of 33 entries from 7 schools throughout the 14th Congressional District.

The second place prize went to Anthony Wincko from Woodland Hills High School for his pencil drawing, “Cactus and Skulls” The third place prize went to Kaitlyn Whitco from Riverview High School for her acrylic painting, "Vasserly Inspiration," and the fourth place prize went to Heather Moberg from Woodland Hills High School for her colored pencil entry entitled “Reflections.” The fifth place prize went to Kelly Walz from Penn Hills High School for her pencil and colored pencil drawing, “Total Metamorphosis.”

"We received so many tremendous entries for this year's competition that I can’t imagine how the judges were able to pick a winner. The hard work and dedication that these students put into their work is clear, and their artistic talents are quite evident in the artwork they submitted. They all should be proud of their creativity and talent," said Doyle.

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

"Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity of the young people in our communities. It is my pleasure to acknowledge and recognize these individuals and their artistic abilities by sponsoring this event every year," commented Doyle.

Due to the tremendous number of outstanding pieces of artwork submitted for this competition, the judges awarded the following 10 students Honorable Mentions for their artwork:

1) David Sparrow
Penn Hills High School
“ Tracy McGrady” 
colored pencil drawing

6) Anthony Wincko
Woodland Hills High School
“Jewelry Box”
pencil drawing

2) Colleen Gura
East Allegheny High School
“ Pink Flowers” 
acrylic painting

7) Kelsey Brewer
Riverview High School
felt pen drawing

3) Mike Dapra 
Riverview High School 
“ Whispering of Things that Should Never Be” 
acrylic painting

8) Stacie Ragen
Penn Hills High School
oil pastel drawing

4) Candice Simcic 
Mt. Alvernia High School 
“ How Many O’s” 
acrylic painting

9) Amy Osterman
South Allegheny High School 

5) Lisa McCormick
Penn Hills High School
“ Loyal Friend” 
colored pencil drawing

10) Katie Hanlon
Riverview High School
“The Cove”
oil painting