Pine-Richland senior takes first place in the Lamb District Student Art Competition.

A high school student from Pine-Richland High School is this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the 17th United States House District.

The winning art of Ayla Chandola, a rising elder, is a computer-generated multimedia work entitled “The Power of Nature”.

“I can’t wait to see Ayla’s works on display at Capitol Hill,” said US Representative Connor Lamb, D-Mt. Lebanon, in a press release congratulating this year’s winners.

“I am always impressed with the submissions from our students, it was not easy to select a winner. Special thanks to the teachers and families who encourage children to continue exploring the arts, ”Lamb wrote.

A dozen students from across the Congress District submitted oil paintings, photographs and drawings for this year’s competition.

A panel of judges, including local artists and educators, selected Chandola’s “Nature’s Power,” which will hang in the United States Capitol building along with winning entries from other congressional districts across the country.

The panel of judges also announced the following finalists, who will have their art exhibited at the local Congressional offices from Lamb to Mt. Lebanon, Penn Hills and Beaver County.

The finalists are:

• Second place: Ashley Glabicki, Sewickley Academy, “Say their names”

• Third place: Brian Walsh, Seneca Valley Senior High School, “4 Elements”

• Fourth place: Logan Fitch, St. Joseph High School, “Chromatic Bloom”

The winning artwork can be viewed online on Lamb’s webpage.

Tony LaRussa is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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