PLANO (April 23, 2014) — U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-R) announced that “Cityscape,” an oil painting by Prestonwood Christian Academy junior Faith Wada, won the grand prize of the 2014 An Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition for the Third District of Texas.

To a full house at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, Johnson presented the top three award winners with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. He also presented six students with Honorable Mention certificates and announced the 2014 People’s Choice Award winner.

Julia Monte of McKinney Boyd High School was one of the six Honorable Mentions.

“Hosting this annual art competition is one of my favorite things to do as your Representative; I’m constantly amazed and inspired by the wealth of talent and creativity of our North Texas students,” said Johnson during the awards ceremony. “I am so proud of each student. It’s hard to compete with the majesty of the Capitol Dome in Washington – but make no mistake; these young artists do a fantastic job representing the elite of America’s up-and-coming artists.”

Wada’s work will be shipped to Washington, D.C., to be displayed in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, Southwest Airlines will fly Wada and one guest to Washington in June to join fellow first place winners, from across the country, and attend the official Congressional Art Competition ceremony.

Second and third place winners and the 2014 People’s Choice Award:

  • 2nd Place – Stephanie Batch, Jasper High School, Plano – “The Crosswalk”
  • 3rd Place – Diego Cordero, Liberty High School, Frisco – “More Time Than Life”
  • 2014 People’s Choice Award – Susmitha Sayana, Allen High School – “The Wanderers”

Honorable mention awards went to the following:

  • Gene Azad, Plano East High School – “Big Aspirations in a Little Body”
  • Tracy Lu,  Liberty High School, Frisco – “Bluebonnet Love”
  • Ashley Reynolds, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano – “Reflections”
  • Kate Patrick, Allen High School – “Oasis”
  • Shoshana Zhang, Centennial High School, Frisco – “Peony and Texas Monarch”
  • Julia Monte, McKinney Boyd High School – “Lights”

All of the pieces listed above may be viewed on Johnson's website until June 1.

Earlier this year, Johnson invited high schools students residing in the Third Congressional District to submit original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. This contest was open to students enrolled in public, private or home schools.