By M.J. Subiria Arauz
The winners of a much anticipated annual art competition for high school students will be announced this Saturday.
U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) will host the "9th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition," on March 19, at 10 a.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro, said Chandra Harris, spokeswoman for Congressman Scott.
Harris said 73 students, from high schools in Georgia's 13th Congressional District, are participating in the competition. The district includes portions of Clayton, Henry, Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb and Douglas counties.
The students are from area high schools that include: Forest Park High, in Forest Park; Jonesboro High, in Jonesboro, and Stockbridge High, in Stockbridge, she added.
"Residents from throughout the 13th District are invited to come out to support area students and view the extraordinary exhibit of student entries," said Harris, in a written statement.
She said during the annual competition's nine-year existence, Congressman Scott has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to local students, to assist them with their higher education.
Harris said this year's first-place winner will receive a $10,000 Art Institute of Atlanta scholarship, a scholarship for $1,500 per year to Savannah College of Art and Design, an annual Young-Patron membership to the High Museum of Art Atlanta, and have his or her artwork displayed at the U.S. Capitol, in the District of Columbia for a year.
She said Delta Air Lines will provide a round-trip flight for the first-place winner, so that he or she can attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The winner's work will be displayed with first-place winners in other congressional districts, from throughout the U.S.
The second-place winner, she said, will receive a $5,000 Art Institute of Atlanta scholarship, and his or her artwork will hang in Scott's office in the District of Columbia.
The third-place winner will receive a $2,500 Art Institute of Atlanta scholarship, and the artwork will be displayed in Scott's office in Jonesboro, she said.
Harris said the fourth-place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta, and the artwork will hang at Scott's office in Smyrna.
She added that Chick-fil-A and Georgia-Pacific Corporation each donated $500, to make the scholarship for the fourth-place winner possible. She said the fifth-place winner will get a week of art classes for free, at the Art Institute of Atlanta.
"It's very important to provide scholarships to our young people, for their creative talents," added Scott. He said that not every high school student is talented in the athletic department, so it is important to provide scholarships in other areas, such as art.
"God gave each of us a [different] talent," he said.
Scott said the competition has grown over the years, and that when it began nine years ago, there was only room for first- and second-place winners.
Since companies, such as Chick-fil-A, are contributing to the competition, he said, there is even room for a fifth-place winner, now.