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Belmont County H.S. Senior Wins 6th District Art Competition

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement announcing that Morgan Doan, a senior at Union Local High School in Belmont County, will represent his office in the United States Capitol as a winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery.

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement announcing that Morgan Doan, a senior at Union Local High School in Belmont County, will represent his office in the United States Capitol as a winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery.

“Thank you to the numerous students who participated in this year’s art contest, and a special congratulations to Morgan Doan, the winner from Ohio’s 6th Congressional District,” Bill Johnson said. “Not only was I was encouraged by the number of entries and new schools participating this year, but the work was very impressive.”

Miss Doan’s artwork, titled “Love Endures All” was drawn using chalk pastels. The work is a picture of her friend’s hand on the glass with his grandmother’s on the other side, as they couldn’t touch due to Covid restrictions.

The art instructor at Union Local High School is Mrs. Lisa Marple.

Johnson added: “This marks the ninth time out of eleven contests a student from Union Local has been judged to be the winner. I’m simply out of superlatives to describe the talent of the students there and the quality of instruction they receive from Mrs. Marple.”

As part of the nationwide competition, Miss Doan is invited to participate in a ceremony that will be held in Washington, D.C. honoring winners from congressional districts across America. Southwest Airlines has donated two free air tickets to Morgan and a parent for travel to the ceremony.

Miss Doan’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol with other congressional district winners from around the country. Residents of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio will be able to view her work while on guided tours of the Capitol building. Student artwork was judged by a panel made up of art professionals and district residents the week of May 2.

The final winning spot  - the “People’s Choice Award” - will be up for a vote on Congressman Johnson’s Facebook page (facebook.com/RepBillJohnson). Three student submissions will be posted today at 3 PM; the artwork receiving the most “likes” by Monday, March 9 at noon will be named the “People’s Choice” winner, and will be displayed in either the Washington D.C. or a district office.