The following is a news release from Pearl River Community College:
A student from Gulfport High School has been named overall winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Forum hosted by 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo.
Sydney Garguilo's painting titled "Gulf Coast Blue Crab" will hang in the U.S. Capitol tunnel in Washington, D.C., for a year along with the works of other high school artists from around the country. Garguilo also will receive an expense-paid trip to attend a reception for the winners.
Marissa Hakes of Petal High School was named overall runner up with a mixed media entry titled "Alter Ego." Her piece will hang in Palazzo's Gulfport office.
Palazzo announced the awards Monday, March 25, at Pearl River Community College where the work is on display.
"I never get tired of participating in this," he said. "The artwork is fantastic, and the students I meet are even more fantastic."
Garguilo and Hakes were the first-place winners in their respective categories of painting and mixed media.
Other winners by category are:
Students from Forrest County Agricultural and South Jones high schools also entered work.
Judges were Dr. Amy Townsend, Maggie Smith and Jason Ramshur, all of PRCC.