MONROE — U.S. Rep. Jody Hice unveiled the winning entry for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition on Saturday.

During a public ceremony at the Monroe Art Guild, Hice revealed that Emma Babushkin, a sophomore at Mill Creek High School, won first place with her graphite sketch, titled “Theodore.”

Babushkin received two airline tickets and an invitation to attend a national reception in Washington, D.C., where her artwork will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

Hice also announced the following additional awards:

  • Second place went to Savannah Lappert from Dacula High School.
  • Third place went to Nicola LaPia from Dacula High School.
  • The Honorable Mention went to Quinn Hasty from Apalachee High School.
  • The People’s Choice Award went to Rebecca Moye from Loganville Christian Academy.

“It was a thrill to participate in Saturday’s celebration of art as high school students from across the district showcased their talent,” Hice said.

“I applaud all of our students, especially this year’s winners, Emma, Savannah, Nicola, Quinn, and Rebecca, who worked so hard to enrich our community with their outstanding artistic abilities. Emma’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, alongside the masterpieces of contest winners nation-wide, and I’m so proud of her achievement.”

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