FORT MILL — Each spring, members of Congress recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their young constituents by hosting the Congressional Art Competition. This year, students from Fort Mill High School took home several honors, including a first place award.
“The Congressional Art Competition is my favorite event of the year,” said U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-Indian Land). “The talent that the young people have in our area is truly inspiring and I am glad we are able to provide them with an outlet for their work.”
Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the national competition that recognizes work in the areas of painting, drawing, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography.
This year, there were 212 submissions from 135 students, representing seven area high schools.
Christian Pellot, a recent graduate of Fort Mill High School, won first place for his work, titled “Glimpse,” as well as third place for his work called “Wet Spoon.”
“This still is a big surprise to me that I won first place,” said Pellot. “I didn’t think I was going to even get an honorable mention because of all the great competition I knew I was going up against.”
Pellot’s winning piece will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
“His work will be featured in the U.S. Capitol for literally tens of thousands of people to see,” Mulvaney said.
Pellot will also be recognized, along with other winners from across the country, during a trip to Washington D.C later this month.
“The funny thing about all this to me is that I wasn’t even going to submit the piece that won first place,” Pellot said.
All the students in his class had submitted two pieces of work for the competition prior to going on spring break. However, Pellot said his teacher went back to the school over spring break to get the winning piece because she had a good feeling about it.
“I am extremely thankful to her because had she not done [that], I wouldn’t be going to Washington,” he said.
Sally Frost, a junior at Fort Mill High School, also received honorable mention for her work called, “Contact.”