Union Springs Junior Wins Congressional Art Competition
By turning over a new leaf, Union Springs High School junior Angelia Scholz recently won U.S. Rep. John Katko’s annual Congressional Art Competition.
Scholz won the contest by submitting a charcoal portrait of her sister, titled, “Turning Over a New Leaf.” The piece has special significance to Scholz, as it was the first art she had done since her grandfather passed away. The piece was dedicated in his honor.
Scholz said her teacher, Jason Charles, originally approached her about the possibility of entering the contest. And then her grandmother told her to enter as well when she saw an ad in the newspaper. However, Scholz missed time from school due to a COVID 19-related quarantine, which greatly impacted her submission.
“I just had to do a last-second submission because of quarantine. And I thought there was no way I would get an award,” she said.
Not only did she receive an award, but she named the overall winner of the competition.
“I’m always impressed by the incredible submissions our office receives from local young artists for the annual Congressional Art Competition,” said Katko. “Congratulations to Angelia and thanks to everyone who participated this year.”
Scholz, who said she looks forward to taking more art classes during her senior year, thanked Charles for all his guidance.
“I want to thank Mr. Charles for teaching me so much,” she said. “I’ve been drawling since I was little, but once you take his class you realize just how phenomenal he is and how fun he is too.”