WASHINGTON –Today, Emma Sumrow of Forney was recognized at the United States Capitol for winning this year’s 5th District of Texas Congressional Art Competition.
Emma attends North Forney High School and won for her acrylic painting which she said was inspired by an East Texas gator farm she recently visited.
“I really wanted to turn a dingy, swamp-like scene into one of color and beauty,” said Emma. “It’s an honor to represent Forney and to have my painting hanging in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.”
Each year, the Congressional Art Institute sponsors the nationwide Congressional Art Competition. Since its inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
“This competition is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their tremendous talents and receive proper recognition for their work,” said Congressman Jeb Hensarling. “We had many great entries this year, and I want to commend Emma for her winning painting.”
Winning entries are displayed in a special exhibition located in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol.