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Student Wins Congressional Award for Photo
Posted 05/04/2018 08:00AM

Photo by Vincent Alban

Junior Vincent Alban won a First Place award for a photograph he entered in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, a contest for high school students from across the United States.

Vincent had submitted his entry to the office of the 17th Congressional district of New York. The photograph garnered the district's top award, according to the office of U.S. Representative Nita M. Lowey (NY-17).

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors this nationwide high school visual arts competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Students submit entries to their representative's office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

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.

"Vincent is extraordinary in his work ethic, skills, and passion for photography," says Cheryl Hajjar, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. "I feel so lucky to support him in this work."

It was just the latest photography award for Vincent. Earlier this year, he won three awards in the Northeast Art Region-at-Large competition of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. In the photography category, he received a Gold Key for his submission titled "The Release"; a Silver Key for "Country Road" and a Silver Key for "The Pinch."

Gold Key-winning artworks are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the competition, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

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