U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) recently recognized Mater Academy Charter High School sophomore Melanie Gonzalez as the 25th Congressional District’s winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”
Gonzalez’s painting, titled Sunkissed, was chosen out of 66 entries submitted from 12 participating schools. Her piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of the country’s youth. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide. Each spring a winner is selected from each congressional district in the U.S.