Every year, the Congressional Art Competition is held nationally by all major congressional districts for high school artists. U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, who represents the Third District of Texas, holds the local competition, which drew a record-setting 112 students this year. Plano Senior High School senior Hannah Nolan won 2nd place. Congrats Hannah! 

The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition, an ongoing tradition since 1982, that gives students a rare and unique opportunity to share youth’s artistic talents with the thousands of visitors who travel to see our Nation’s Capital. The first place winner, Lauren LaChausse from Prosper High School, will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the unveiling ceremony for her and other 1st place winners’ artwork from across the nation.

Hannah’s winning artwork “Fruit Face,” made of acrylic paint, will be hung proudly for a full year at Congressman Sam Johnson’s district office in Plano.

Just to show how large the Third District is, it encompasses all of the following: the cities of Allen, Anna, Blue Ridge, Dallas (Collin County), Fairview, Frisco, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, Melissa, Murphy, New Hope, Parker, Plano, Princeton, Prosper, Richardson, St. Paul, Wylie, and portions of unincorporated land in Collin County.

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Plano Senior High School student Hannah Nolan with Congressman Sam Johnson. Photo courtesy of the office of Rep. Sam Johnson.
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Graphite art by Hannah Nolan.

A brief Q&A with Hannah about her future:

Where are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending Louisiana Tech University.

Do you see art as a career or a hobby?
Right now I do graphite art on the side for commission and will likely continue that as an adult on the side, but not as my career.

What degree do you plan on acquiring?
I plan on getting my doctorate in audiology and speech pathology, and getting a minor in studio art.

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Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...