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Congresswoman Plaskett Congratulates Winners of the 2018 Virgin Islands District Congressional Art Competition

ST. Thomas, May 4, 2018
ST. THOMAS - Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett released the following statement congratulating the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition:

"It is both an honor and a privilege to extend my congratulations to this year’s winners; Jade Bryan, Ethan Semper and Karen Grace and to all of the students who participated in this year’s competition. It sometimes goes without notice, the level of dedication required to preparing these works of art while maintaining your academic commitments. I am especially proud of the level of participation this year, as many of our students still face challenges to their normal academic environment caused by the hurricanes. It is amazing to see the quality of the art these students produce. It is a testament not only to their talent but their dedication and the support of their parents and teachers. I also want to express my gratitude to the men and women of the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts for their efforts every year toward the success of the Virgin Islands District Art Competition. Thier continued commitment to supporting artist and organizations which promote art plays an integral role in the preservation of our cultural heritage," Plaskett said.

The winners of the 2018 Virgin Islands District Congressional Art Competition are:

First Place: Jade Bryan, Good Hope Country Day, St. Croix.
Second Place: Ethan Semper, Good Hope Country Day, St. Croix.
Third Place: Karen Grace Gauriloff, Peter Gruber Academy, St. Thomas.


More than 20 students from schools throughout the territory competed in this year’s art competition. Bryan’s winning-art will represent the territory in the national competition and will be showcased in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for one year.

The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide high school arts competition sponsored by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

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, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.