FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 3, 2017

PEARL, MS – Today, U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) awarded Starkville High School senior, Marika Dunne, as the overall winner of Mississippi’s Third Congressional District 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Dunne’s entry entitled, “Southern Silver”, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year beginning in June.

Harper announced the overall and divisional winners during a reception for participants, teachers, and family members held at the Pearl Community Room.

This competition is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and represent Mississippi’s Third Congressional District in our nation’s capital. “In Mississippi we are so fortunate to have such outstanding artists from across the spectrum,” said Rep. Harper. “I am so honored that we can showcase some of that talent from our state’s young people in our nation’s capital.”

As the overall winner, Dunne is eligible for a $1,500 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C., compliments of Southwest Airlines.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of high school students.

This year’s competition was judged by a three-member panel comprised of local accomplished artists and instructors. Additional photos and the full list of winners can be found here.

Congressman Harper poses with overall winner Marika Dunne, a senior from Starkville High School and her artwork “Southern Silver”. This artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year beginning in June.