Local Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

 Moriah Pate’s winning entry, “Priceless.”
Moriah Pate’s winning entry, “Priceless.”

On Friday, Congressman David Rouzer visited Hobbton High in Newton Grove to recognize Moriah Pate, the winner of the Seventh Congressional District Art Competition.  Pate’s entry, entitled “Priceless,” is a depiction using graphite and colored pencils of a young female painting a mural of individuals and objects.  Pate used the mural to demonstrate and reflect this year’s Art Competition theme, “What I Love Most About North Carolina.”

“It was an honor to travel to Hobbton High to recognize Moriah Pate in front of her fellow classmates, teachers and administrators,” Congressman Rouzer said. “Moriah’s artistic talent is inspiring and she is well-deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Every time I go to the House floor to vote, I will see Moriah’s entry which serves as a constant reminder of the impressive talent and creativity fostered throughout North Carolina.”

Winners are presented with two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to visit the nation’s capital and attend an exclusive reception inside the U.S. Capitol honoring the country’s winners courtesy of Southwest Airlines.  Pate’s art will be on display for eleven months in the Capitol tunnel which is seen by thousands of visitors from across the country, Congressional staffers and members of Congress.

This year’s Seventh District Art Competition theme was, “What I Love About North Carolina.”