Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today announced that Socastee High School Student Haleigh Ferro is the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, for South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District.  The winning art piece, “Miss Jay,” will be displayed in the halls of the United States Capitol, along with winning artwork from congressional districts across the country for one year.

“I am pleased to announce that Haleigh Ferro is this year’s Congressional Art Competition Winner,” said Congressman Rice.  “While there were many deserving submissions, Haleigh’s acrylic finger painting, “Miss Jay,” symbolizes South Carolina’s important Gullah culture and our state’s sweetgrass basketmaking tradition.  “Miss Jay,” will represent the Seventh District proudly in the Capitol. Congratulations Haleigh, and thank you to all of the young artists across the Seventh District that submitted artwork this year.”

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Haleigh Ferro pictured with her painting “Miss Jay”

Ferro is invited to travel to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines to attend the Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony.

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. 2015 Artistic Discovery was open to all Seventh District high school students.