A.C. Davis High School students take the top 4 places in congressional art competition

Rep. Newhouse to display Yakima students' artwork in offices across the country
Ac Davis High School Students Win Congressional Art Competition
Includes photo of A.C. Davis High School by Emily Goodell, Silenced by Morgan Greene, Little Princess by Mia Dufault, Weathered Wisdon by Isabelle Ehlis and Dreamer by Marlene Martinez.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Judges have chosen artwork by A.C. Davis High School students in Yakima to take first, second, third and fourth place in the 2022 congressional art competition.

“They were really amazing,” said Carole Huls, an art teacher at A.C. Davis High School. “I’m just so proud of how hard they try. They work really, really hard.”

The winning selection — Silenced by Morgan Greene — showcases the struggle of missing and murdered indigenous women and will be hanging in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.

“Thousands of people walk by these art exhibits every single day and to have your art shown there is quite a high honor I think and a lot of great exposure,” Rep. Dan Newhouse said.

Newhouse said many people will look at the depiction of a Native American woman with a red handprint over her mouth and if they don’t know it’s a symbol for MMIW, he hopes they will ask.

“That’s perfect, because if you get someone to ask why, and then they understand, I think that’s just another step towards solving the problem,” Newhouse said.

Second place in the competition went to Little Princess by Mia Dufault, while third place went to Weathered Wisdom by Isabelle Ehlis and fourth place went to Dreamer by Marlene Martinez.

Rep. Dan Newhouse said he plans to hang the second, third and fourth place pieces in his offices across the country — with one in Washington, D.C., Yakima and the Tri Cities.

“When kids feel other people value what they do, their work changes: it really does,” Huls said.

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