|Two art students from Orange High School have received national recognition for their art work.Skyler Paschall and Jillian Owens were selected as first- and second-place winners, respectively, in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for North Carolina’s Sixth District.U.S. Representative Mark Walker, who represents the district that includes a portion of Orange County, made the announcement and thanked all of the students who participated in this year’s competition.Paschall’s submission, a self-portrait, was selected by artist William Mangum from among dozens of entries from high school visual art students throughout North Carolina’s Sixth District. Her portrait will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. She was also the recipient of two roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C., compliments of Southwest Airlines, to attend the official ceremony honoring the 2015 Congressional Art Competition winners from across the nation.”I look forward to seeing Skyler’s work displayed at the U.S. Capitol and am also honored to showcase the talented work of Jillian Owens and Marcie Laird, the second- and third-place winners, in my D.C. office,” Walker said in a statement. (Marcie Laird is a student at Northwest Guilford High School.)Jillian’s pen and ink drawing of a caribou and a wolf pup, is entitled “The Innocence of the Predator.”Both Skyler and Jillian are students of art teacher Elizabeth Dell-Jones at Orange High School.
The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982 by the U.S. House of Representatives as an opportunity to showcase the talent of high school visual art students and acknowledge gifted young artists. Hundreds of thousands of high school visual art students have been able to participate over the past three-plus decades.
Congratulations to these Orange High School art students for their accomplishments!