Fort Worth –Eagle Mountain-Saginaw’s Boswell High School junior Shannon Poe took home the first place prize in the 12th Congressional District 2011 Art Competition.  Congresswoman Kay Granger handed out awards during a ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Fort Worth.

Shannon’s “Touching Glass” was selected Best in Show from 43 pieces of art submitted by students representing 17 schools in District 12.  The Boswell High student’s photograph will become part of the Congressional Art Exhibit that goes on display in the Cannon House Office Building Tunnel in Washington D.C. on June 22, 2011.  Shannon will be invited to accompany Congresswoman Granger for the display’s opening ceremonies in Washington.

“Art is an important part of our culture and heritage,” Granger said.  “Fort Worth has a mature arts community in large part because we have made art a priority.  The 2011 Congressional Art Competition produced excellent entries and I will be very proud to see Shannon’s piece hang in the halls of Congress.”

Second place honors were presented to Alyssa Wildridge, a Central High School senior.  Third place honors were given to All Saints Episcopal School sophomore, Ali Duran.

Special Recognition Winners are:

Collage:            Elise Chernosky, Fort Worth Country Day

Drawing:           Junjira Mengkheo, Brewer High School

                           Myah Velasquez, Chico High School

Mixed Media:   Joselyn Escobedo, Lake Worth High School

Painting:           Sarah Mecke, Trinity Valley School

Photography:   Dejah Knight, Fort Worth Country Day

Print:                  Marissa Quist, Trinity Valley School

Granger selected the Congresswoman’s Choice Award at the reception Saturday:  Caroline Baxter, Central High School

As first place winner, Shannon’s art work will hang in the Cannon House Office Building Tunnel.  Shannon and her parents will be flown to Washington, D.C. for the national exhibition’s opening.

As second place winner, Alyssa’s art work will hang in Granger’s Washington office.

As third place winner, Ali’s artwork will hang in Granger’s Fort Worth office.