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MASSENA — A Massena Central High School sophomore has been named the New York 21st Congressional District winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, according to Congressman Bill Owens.

Cashlynn Jaggers’s piece, “Papa’s Farm,” will hang in the United States Capitol Building representing New York’s 21st Congressional District for the coming year. A reception will be held for winners from each district in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. on June 26.

“The art submissions we received this year showed impressive skill and commitment from many young artists in our region,” Mr. Owens said. “Cashlynn’s work stood out among the many compelling submissions we reviewed and I look forward to seeing it displayed in the Capitol later this year.”

Ms. Jaggers worked with Massena Central High School art teacher Chad Simpson to coordinate her entry of “Papa’s Farm” in the competition.

“I am so proud of Cashlynn. This unique accomplishment speaks highly of her talent and abilities,” Mr. Simpson said. “I am excited that she has been awarded this opportunity to share her artistic vision and represent her home region.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute to recognize young artists. One piece of original art is chosen to represent each Congressional District for the year.

More than 650,000 high school students have participated since 1982 when the competition began. In 2013, Cheyanne Stunger from Argyle Central School won the competition for her work “Freedom.”

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