Submitted by Nichole Smith, Montverde Academy

Congratulations to Jiawei Chen, a rising senior at Montverde Academy, on winning first place in the Lake County Division of the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. This year’s theme was “America the Beautiful.” Jiawei’s artwork will be prominently displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. The Cannon Tunnel connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol and is traveled on a daily basis by members of Congress, their staff, and visitors.

“The title of my work is ‘The Central Park,’ which showcases a bridge connecting the cityscape to the park within Central Park during the summer,” said Jiawei. “The symbolism behind the piece is that the connection between people and nature contributes to the beauty of America. Winning this award fills me with great honor, and I want to express my gratitude to my art teacher, Mrs. Tubbs, for her encouragement and support.”

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