UL senior wins 6th Congressional District Act Competition

Photo provided “Innocence Lost” by Union Local senior Alexis Logan will represent the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

MORRISTOWN — U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson announced that Alexis Logan, a senior at Union Local High School, will represent his office in the U.S. Capitol as a winner in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery.

“Thank you to all of the students who participated in this year’s art competition, and congratulations to Alexis, who was selected as the winner from our district,” Johnson, R-Ohio, said. “Again this year, I was truly in awe of the quality, variety and creativity of the art we received. On days I am in Washington, I walk from my office to vote on the House floor and pass right by the display of all the winning pieces from across United States. I’d put our winners up against any from the entire country. … I congratulate Ms. Logan on this major accomplishment, and commend the schools who participated in the 2019 competition.”

Logan’s artwork, titled “Innocence Lost,” was done using charcoal. She described the work as an “emotional piece of a little girl with windblown hair and wild eyes.” As a district winner, Logan is invited to participate in a ceremony in June in Washington, D.C., with the other congressional district winners from around the country. Southwest Airlines donated two air tickets to each district winner to be used for travel to and from the ceremony with a parent. Residents of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio will be able to view her work while on guided tours of the Capitol building.

The students’ artwork was judged by a panel the week of April 29. This is the seventh time in the last nine years that the 6th Congressional District Art Competition winner is a student at Union Local High School.

“I’m just about out of praiseworthy comments for (high school art teacher) Lisa Marple and her art students at Union Local,” Johnson said. “I think I’ve used them all over the last few years. But again, it is not a coincidence that so many of Lisa’s students have taken home the top prize.”

Another winning spot is up for a public vote on Johnson’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RepBillJohnson. Four entries were posted Thursday at noon; the artwork receiving the most “likes” by 11:59 p.m. today will be named the “People’s Choice” winner and will be displayed in either Johnson’s Washington, D.C., office or a district office.