Every year, I have the privilege of challenging our district’s talented students to express their creativity with the Congressional Art Competition, and explore innovative computer science in the Congressional App Challenge. A panel of accomplished judges from our district will select the winning entries, who will be recognized both in the district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are also displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol!
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students can submit entries to their local representative’s office, which will engage with a panel of artists to judge and select the winning entry. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon Tunnel. The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.
The student's original artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26x26x4 (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame). If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, you must frame it in a wooden or metal frame. The winner will be contacted by our office and instructed on how to send in their artwork for display in the Capitol building. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement), that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Additionally, work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). For more information about the annual Congressional Art Competition please read the Full 2022 Rules and Regulations. Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork include:
Submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition are now closed. Check back later for information about the 2023 Art Competition and the announcement of this year's winners!
Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is designed to inspire innovative efforts around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), as well as coding and computer science education, for our nation’s youth. Every year, the Internet Education Foundation holds the competition to inspire students to engage STEM education, as well as recognize students who have been working hard within these fields. Each winning app may be put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Winning students are also invited to a Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C.
Theodore Luu, a junior at Weston High School, was chosen as the 2021 winner for Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark's district. Luu’s app, called “Level Up,” is an online platform that connects high schoolers with organizations that work with underserved, underrepresented students in grades 1 through 8 in order to provide them free, online tutoring in STEM+. Dohun Kim of Weston Middle School placed 2nd for his application "A11y Checker" and Zainab Khorakiwala of Lexington High School placed 3rd for her work, “Food2Animal." Read more about their winning applications here!
Submissions for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge are now OPEN! Students can register, submit entries, and find a complete set of rules at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. The competition deadline is November 1st, 2022.