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McHenry Announces 2017 10th District Art Competition Winner
Bunker Hill High School's Shelby Yang selected as winner by judges

Hickory, June 1, 2017 - Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Shelby Yang as the winner of the Tenth District's 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Shelby’s work, "Luminous Soul", was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from across the Tenth District. Shelby, who lives in Claremont, is a junior at Bunker Hill High School where she studies art under teacher Jana Farris. 

On Tuesday, Congressman McHenry hosted a reception recognizing Shelby at his Hickory District Office. Joining Shelby for the reception were her parents, Lee and Charlie.


“First, I’d like to thank each of the Tenth District students who submitted pieces for this year's competition,” said Congressman McHenry. “The level of participation from Tenth District art students has grown annually and 2017’s competition was no different.” 

“Congratulations to Shelby on being chosen as this year’s winner,” McHenry continued. “I look forward to seeing her artwork represent the Tenth District throughout the next year.” 

Shelby’s artwork, seen below, will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country. By winning the Tenth District's competition, she will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.  


The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please click here

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