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South Florida High School Student's Art to Hang in U.S. Capitol

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South Florida High School Student's Art to Hang in U.S. Capitol


Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently held her fifth Congressional High School Art Competition reception hosted by The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and announced University School's 11th grader Andrea Zighelboim as the winner. His art will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year along with winning pieces from Congressional Districts all over the country.

Approximately 200 students, parents, and art administrators were guests at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale reception for Wasserman Schultz's district 20 participants. Over 60 pieces of  art (including pencil, oil, acrylic, and photography) from high schools in the Congresswoman's district were on display while the college's President Chuck Nagele introduced the congresswoman and congratulated all the students for their involvement. "We are proud that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz has chosen our college's gallery to showcase the art created by students in her district," said Nagele.

About Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the youngest woman ever elected to Florida's legislature.  At only the age of 26, she was elected to the State House.  She spent 12-years serving our interests in Tallahassee. In 2004, Debbie was elected to the House Representatives.  Now in her third term, she serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for setting the budget of the entire United States government. A big part of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's life is the health and well being of children and working families.  She believes events like the Congressional Art Competition are essential to the development of our nation's students.

About the Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each Congressional District. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students. The over-all winner of each district will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. You can read more about it:

About The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, established in 1968, and now celebrating 40 Years of Creative Careers, awards Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees, as well as diplomas. Programs currently offered are: Advertising, Art of Cooking, Baking & Pastry, Broadcasting, Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Residential Design, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Video Production, and Web Design & Interactive Media. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is approved for the training of veterans and eligible veterans' dependents and is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. For more information, log on to

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