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Emily Green's "Tree in Snow:" Emily Green's "Tree in Snow:"
Brigitte Barnes' Painting "The Flower Garden" Brigitte Barnes' Painting "The Flower Garden"

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Monroe-area student has won the 5th District Grand Prize in the 2013 Congressional High School Arts Competition.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander of Ruston, announced today that Emily Green, a student at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, was awarded the Grand Prize after receiving the most "Likes" from the public on the Congressman's Facebook page. Her creative piece, titled Snow and Tree, is the first photograph to win the contest.

Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Green will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony where winners from across the country will be honored.

Finishing a close second was Brigitte Barnes, also a student at Ouachita Christian School. Her entry, titled Flower Garden, is an acrylic painting depicting multi-colored flowers with branching stems.

The annual Congressional High School Art Competition, known as "An Artistic Discovery," is a nationwide contest initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts and provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.

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