U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper poses with students from Germantown High School who placed in the annual Congressional Arts Competition.
U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper poses with students from Germantown High School who placed in the annual Congressional Arts Competition.
A number of local students participated in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District 2017 Congressional Art Competition hosted by Rep. Gregg Harper.



The overall winner was Marika Dunne of Starkville High School. Dunne’s entry titled, “Southern Silver”, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year beginning in June.



Harper recently announced the overall and divisional winners during a reception for participants, teachers, and family members held at the Pearl Community Room.



This competition is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their artistic abilities and represent Mississippi’s Third Congressional District in our nation’s capital. “In Mississippi we are so fortunate to have such outstanding artists from across the spectrum,” said Rep. Harper. “I am so honored that we can showcase some of that talent from our state's young people in our nation's capital.”



As the overall winner, Dunne is eligible for a $1,500 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C., compliments of Southwest Airlines.



The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of high school students.