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Porter High School student wins Congressional Art Competition


Porter High School student wins Congressional Art Competition  


May 20, 2016  | Thinking Innovatively | A Porter High School student has won the prestigious Congressional Art Competition for the second time in two years.

Junior Tasnuva Haider was recently selected as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition by the office of U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady.

A committee created by each member of Congress selects student artwork from each Congressional District to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Haider’s artwork is a digital photograph titled, “Days Gone By.” The subject is an old farm tractor in a field.

This marks the second time for Haider’s artwork to be selected for display in Washington. Another piece was selected two years ago when she was a freshman titled, “Smokin’ Soldier.”

“I feel good and blessed,” said Haider about her artwork getting selected for display. “There were many participants and among them I got it for the second time. It’s really exciting.”

She explained that her favorite art medium is watercolors and that she takes a lot of photographs as artwork. Haider is originally from Bangladesh where she also won art awards including 1st place in a national art competition in 2013. She received the first place prize from the late Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman.

Haider will travel to a reception ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 23 with her art teacher LaShowna Rhoden. In addition to attending the reception, Haider plans to visit Washington landmarks.

Tasnuva is an excellent student,” said Rhoden.She will be an AP art student next year. She plans to go into the medical field upon graduation.”

Haider said that she wants to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“If I don’t become one, then I will definitely become an artist or photographer,” she said.