McMorris Rodgers Announces 2024 Congressional Art Competition Winner: Hawwi Jebena from Spokane

Jun 04, 2024
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) announced Hawwi Jebena as the winner of the 2024 Congressional Art Competition from Washington’s Fifth Congressional District. 

WINNER: “Manito Park” by Hawwi Jebena

Hawwi Jebena’s acrylic painting, “Manito Park,” is the winner of the 2024 Congressional Art Competition for Eastern Washington. Hawwi attends Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane.

“Every year, the artistic talent I see during the Congressional Art Competition never ceases to amaze me. The submissions are always a testament to how impressive the next generation is in Eastern Washington and to how impactful our art teachers are in the formation of students,” said Rodgers. “Hawwi’s painting of a classic Spokane landmark will be wonderful to have in the U.S. Capitol. I look forward to seeing all four of this year’s winning submissions when I come to work each day!”

SECOND PLACE: “Graphite Portrait” by Mia Ressa

Second place went to Mia Ressa, a student at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. Her pencil drawing, “Graphite Portrait,” is the first runner up and will be displayed in the congresswoman’s Spokane office.

THIRD PLACE: “To Stride Forward” by Patrick Scott

This year’s third place winner is Patrick Scott, a home-schooled student from Otis Orchards. His graphite piece, “To Stride Forward,” will also be displayed in the congresswoman’s Spokane office.

FOURTH PLACE: “Bold in Blue” by Amelia Ferraro

Finally, this year’s fourth place submission belongs to Amelia Ferraro, a student at College Place High School, for her portrait piece, “Bold in Blue.” Amelia’s artwork will be displayed in the congresswoman’s Walla Walla office.

NOTE: The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition open to high school students across the United States. Each Congressional office selects one winner to display in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol traveled daily by members of Congress, staff, and visitors to Washington, D.C. Local artists in Eastern Washington helped choose the WA-05 winners.

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