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Rep. Schrader Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) is excited to announce the 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winner from Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, Alicia Johnson from Molalla High School for her work titled “Malala Yousafzai.” 

“Congratulations to Alicia on this exciting achievement,” said Rep. Schrader. “The competition this year was stiff with some incredible talent and vision. One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet with students from across our district and see the bright talent of the next generation. That makes the annual Art Competition one of my favorite events of the year!”

“I believe that what Malala Yousafzai stands for deserves more attention than it gets and that is why I decided to use her as my subject for my artwork,” said Alicia Johnson. “She is an activist for female education, which is something we already have in the United States. More of us need to recognize the struggles of those in other countries.”

Alicia Johnson is a sophomore at Molalla High School (MHS). She is already an accomplished young artist who has twice participated in the Peer-to-Peer mentorship program with MHS, Portland State University, and the Portland Art Museum. She designed the cover for her school’s “Writer’s Society” literary arts book, the poster for this year’s Tri-Valley League Art Showcase, and is currently illustrating a children’s book. She also serves as the Vice President of the Molalla Art Club and is slated to be inducted into the National Art Honor Society.

“Alicia is an absolute joy to teach. She is humble, seeks feedback, takes creative risks and is always willing to go above and beyond. I’m grateful to be her teacher and can’t wait to see what else her future holds,” said Alissa Tran, Fine Arts teacher at MHS.

Every spring, Members of the US House of Representatives host a nationwide high school art competition called the Congressional Art Competition. This is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of students from across the country and in each Congressional District.  Since its inception in 1982, over 650,000 high school students have been involved in the Congressional Art Competition. All of this year’s submissions from the 5th district may be found online here.

The winning artwork from the 5th district is selected by a team of independent judges and is prominently displayed, alongside the winners from every other congressional district, in the Cannon Tunnel at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Cannon Tunnel connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol and is traveled on a daily basis by members of Congress, staff and visitors to our nation's capital.