Artist Receives the Chance of a Lifetime

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Artist Receives the Chance of a Lifetime

Photo Credit Samantha Martin

Photo Credit Samantha Martin

Photo Credit Samantha Martin

Samantha Martin, Reporter

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Lake Havasu High School junior, Emma Patterson, won a once in a lifetime chance to be flown to Washington D.C. to receive a prestige award. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize student artists in the nation and each district. Junior Emma Patterson won first place in this competition. Patterson’s work will be displayed at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. for one year. Patterson started making art at the age of 13 but didn’t start getting serious until she turned 15. “I just enjoyed art and creating something of my own. I always loved seeing the final product, and it is always so rewarding.” Always being around people who love art has inspired Patterson. She has taken art throughout high school and said her biggest inspiration is her teacher Kevin Bangsund. Winning this competition is an example of the saying “hard work pays off,” since she has worked for over four years and put her heart into. She explained that this has been a rewarding journey. Patterson wants to continue her love for art after high school by majoring in art, but doesn’t know what college she wants to attend just yet.

Photo Credit Samantha Martin