Jacksonville Student Jaylen Thomas Named Congressional Art Competition Winner



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05) announced Stanton College Preparatory School freshman Jaylen Thomas as the grand prize winner of Florida’s Fifth Congressional District Art Competition. Thomas’ winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol along with first-place winners from congressional districts across the country. Thomas and a guest will fly to Washington, D.C., next month to attend a congressional reception and see the unveiling of his artwork in the U.S. Capitol.

“Congratulations to Jaylen for his winning sketch, and to all of the participants in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Rep. Lawson said. “This contest has showcased the creativity of our students and the dedication of the art teachers within our schools. I look forward to seeing Jaylen’s work at the Capitol.

Students in grades 7th-12th from across Florida’s Fifth Congressional District were encouraged to participate in the annual competition. The Congressional Art Competition is hosted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and highlights the creative talents of students in each of the districts. A panel of judges selected the winning artwork from nearly 30 entries from across Rep. Lawson’s district.

Additional Winners

2nd Place Winner (tie): Brianna Eisman, a senior a Douglas Anderson School in Jacksonville;

2nd Place Winner (tie): Jenna Ogin, a sophomore at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville;

3rd Place Winner: Rachel Estanislao, a junior at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville;

4th Place Winner: Ariel Keeney, a senior at Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary.

P5024539: Congressman Lawson stands with Congressional Art Competition participants Darvin Nelson, Ariel Keeney Jenna Ogin and Jaylen Thomas. Also pictured: Stanton College Preparatory School art teacher Tony Wood.

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