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 flew to Washington, D.C., 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.
ONYX Magazine Publisher Richard “Rich” E. Black was one of the judges and he selected Jaylen’s picture among his top three picks. “Art is an outlet for creative expression—to say what’s on your mind in a way that’s not intimidating or pressured. We at ONYX highly encourage this,” he said. “The Congressional Art Competition allows the younger generation to do what comes naturally to them and to be recognized for their talents on a national stage. I was honored to serve as a judge.”