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Staples students' artworks earn top prizes in congressional contest

Two Staples High School students have won top recognition in the annual Congressional Art Awards competition sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

Moira Margolis and Anna Violette won first and second prizes, respectively, and were cited at an April 27 ceremony.

Margolis won both "Grand Prize" and "Best in Show" for her ink drawing depicting a humorous scene of dinosaurs feasting at a breakfast table. The drawing will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year alongside other winning entries from congressional districts around the nation. She also has been invited to attend the June opening ceremonies for the exhibit in Washington, D.C.

Violette's artwork won "Best in Mixed Media" and is a silkscreen and digital interpretation of Canto 33 of Dante's Inferno. It will be displayed in Himes' office in Bridgeport.

It marks the third time Staples art students have been awarded both first and second prizes in the district competition of the Congressional Art Awards competition and the eighth time they have won first place in the last decade.

Both of this year's winning Staples entries were created in the school's honors studio art class, a course that includes observational drawing as well as a unit for interpretative work on a theme.

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