Mingo student honored at Capital

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

June 27, 2014

A local student is being honored in the Nation’s Capital for the upcoming year where her art will be on display representing West Virginia’s Third Congressional District.

Congressman Nick Rahall met with Mingo County Central High School senior McKayla Meade of Delbarton on Thurs., June 26. McKayla was selected a first-place winner in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

After students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

McKayla’s winning entry is titled, “Unique Me: A Self Portrait of Fingerprints.”

“It is wonderful to welcome McKayla and her mother, Jane White, to our Nation’s Capital. I know I join her family, friends, fellow students, and especially her art teacher, Doug Martin, in congratulating her on achieving such distinguished recognition,” Rahall said.