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Herkimer senior wins Congressional Art Competition

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Congressman Richard Hanna stopped by Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute on Saturday and will be taking some artwork with him back to Washington.

The congressman was part of a panel that chose this year's winner of the 22nd Congressional High School Art Competition.

Herkimer High School senior Cristina Chilelli won first place.

The winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the entire year, and the winning artist will be invited to attend a luncheon with other winners from around the state and country.

Hanna said, "We'll have their painting hang in a tunnel that goes from the House of Representative over to the Capitol Building. Over a million people will see it. It's a lot of fun for us. Some of the work here is just hard to imagine that young people in high school can sit down and create it, but they do."

The second place artwork will hang in Congressman Hanna's Washington Office and third place will be displayed either at his Binghamton or Utica office, whichever is closest to the artist's hometown.

WINNERS:

First Place: Cristina Chilelli for "Cat Face," colored pencil. Senior at Herkimer High School (Herkimer County).

Second Place: Alice Jenkins for "Hidden Brook," acrylic paints. Junior at Homer Senior High School (Cortland County).

Third Place: Mae Dinh for "Illuminated Contrivance," photography. Junior at Clinton High School (Oneida County).

Honorable Mention: Elisabeth Sprague for "Remember?," charcoal. Senior at Cortland Jr.-Sr. High School (Cortland County).

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