Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FW: Newnan High students win first and second place in 3rd District art competition

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The Successor To Newnan-Coweta Arts Council News Releases

Composed By: Forrest W. Schultz 770-583-3258

April 28, 2009

Newnan High School Students Win Two Prizes in Cong. Dist. Art Contest


Jasmine Thrasher Wins First Place; Madison Welch Wins Second Place


     The Coweta arts community and Third District U. S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland are very excited about the latest Coweta triumph in the arts:  two Newnan High School students have won the two top prizes in this year's Third Congressional District High School Art Contest.  This is the second year in a row this has happened at Newnan High, and both years the winners have been students of NHS art teacher Jodi Hobbs, who encourages her students to enter.  And prior to that, when NHS was in Phil Gingrey's district, Hobbs' student Shanna Walston won the top prize in 2003.  (Walston has since become a school teacher and has married artist Scott Palmer from Grantville.)


     Here is the press release issued by Brian Robinson, Westmoreland's Deputy Chief of Staff:


--- On Tue, 4/28/09, Robinson, Brian <Brian.Robinson@mail.house.gov> wrote:

From: Robinson, Brian <Brian.Robinson@mail.house.gov>
Subject: FW: Newnan High students win first and second place in 3rd District art competition
To: schultz_forrest@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 1:24 PM



From: Robinson, Brian
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:27 PM
To: Robinson, Brian
Subject: Newnan High students win first and second place in 3rd District art competition


Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland



043.jpg is Newnan High art teacher Jodi Hobbs, second-place finisher Madison Welch and first-place winner Jasmine Thrasher

047.jpg is Jasmine with her winning artwork "Study of Light"

053.jpg is Madison with "Frosted Berries."


For immediate release

April 22, 2009


Newnan students take top art prizes


U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland congratulates Newnan High School senior Jasmine Thrasher on winning the 2009 3rd Congressional District art competition with her painting "Study of Light." Another Newnan senior, Madison Welch, finished second with her artwork titled "Frosted Berries."


"This is a repeat performance for Newnan High School and art teacher Jodi Hobbs," Westmoreland said. "Our winner this year, Jasmine, finished second last year behind Ms. Hobbs' daughter Anna. There's obviously an excellent program at Newnan, with exemplary teaching and talented, hard-working students.


"Every year, I'm amazed at the depth of artistic talent that we have in the 3rd District," Westmoreland continued. "We're lucky to have a distinguished panel of judges and I don't envy their task of choosing between so many great works – we had 68 entries overall. But at the end of the day, we could only have one winner and I'm proud of Jasmine for making yet another strong showing and coming away with the blue ribbon."


Westmoreland gave special thanks to the judges: Bette Hickman of Newnan (executive director of Global Achievers), Vicki Turner of Fayetteville (director of advertising/marketing for AIS Computers), Mark Lucas of Columbus (Lucas Studios of Art) and Tim Williams of Greystone Power in Douglasville.


Jasmine's "Study of Light" will hang in the U.S. Capitol for year, joining a gallery of winners from each congressional district. This summer, Jasmine will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington for the unveiling ceremony courtesy of a generous gift from Georgia EMC. The top three finishers will also receive scholarship offers from the Savannah School of Art and Design and the Atlanta Art Institute. Third place went to Fayette County High School freshman Caleb Brown, for his pencil sketch of football players battling it out on the gridiron.        

Brian Robinson
Deputy Chief of Staff
U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA 3)
202-225-5901 (O)
202-222-5384 (C)


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