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Gadsden Graduate Wins Congressional Art Competition

June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) announced today that Kei Torres, a student of Debbie Hartmann at Gadsden High School in the Class of 2021, was selected as this year’s Congressional Art Competition winner from New Mexico's Second District.

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"Koi" in acrylic paint by Kei Torres 

“In my first year hosting the competition we were pleased to receive more than two dozen entries,” said Herrell. “This year, Kei impressed the judges with her colorful acrylic painting. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her and all the students who participated in this annual competition.”

Kei's winning piece, 'Koi', will be displayed for the next year in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the U.S. Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building. The exhibit includes the top student artwork from congressional districts across the country.

This year's first runner up, 'Me' by School of Dreams Academy Freshman Jacob Linsley will be displayed in one of the congresswoman's district offices.

The congresswoman selected 'Faith, Hope, Love', a graphite and colored pencil drawing by School of Dreams Academy Sophomore Jessica Waid, for an honorable mention.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

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