Abraham Lincoln High School senior Elisa Lobatos was recently awarded the Congressional Institute’s top honor of “Best in Show” in the national high school art competition. Her submitted piece, a creative black and white photograph of her dog taken on a single use camera, will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. for the next year.
Elisa cultivated her passion for photography through DPS CareerConnect’s art and photography courses, where she learned both the fine art of composing a photograph and the technical skills to use a professional camera and editing tools. CareerConnect helps students identify their interests and explore career options through career-related courses and hands-on workplace experiences.
Elisa competed against public, private and charter high school students within Colorado’s 1st District, hosted by District 1 U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette. Elisa attended an awards reception with Rep. DeGette and her Digital Design and Photography teacher Emily Knight. Southwest Airlines awarded Elisa with two plane tickets to attend the upcoming reception in Washington, D.C. as the congresswoman’s guest. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design also awarded her with a backpack full of art supplies, as well as a $250 gift certificate to Meininger Art Materials to further fuel her interest in design and photography.
Rep. DeGette joined in the celebrations, tweeting: “Congratulations to the winners of the #CongressionalArtCompetition. This year’s Best in Show was awarded to Elisa Lobatos for her piece entitled, “Dog on Film.” It will soon be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Thanks to all who participated! You make us proud.”
This award qualifies Elisa to advance in the competition at the national level. According to the U.S. House of Representatives website, since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
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