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Thomas Jefferon High School Student’s Artwork Displayed at U.S. Capitol

Thomas Jefferson High’s Truc Le shows JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley her artwork that will be on display at the U.S. Capitol.

The artwork of a Jefferson Parish Public School System student will soon be on display at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Thomas Jefferson High School’s Truc Le won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for Louisiana’s 2nd District, which is represented by Congressman Cedric Richmond.

“I never thought I would have my art shown in the Capitol,” said Le. “I think it’s a big deal because it’s our nation’s capitol.”

Le’s Winning Artwork

Truc won the competition with her piece that depicts the discovery of a newer New Orleans. It shows what the city could look like 300 years from now. Her artwork will be on display in the Capitol for one year following an awards ceremony on June 27.

“Art is something that I love,” said Le. “It helps with my stress from school work and I’m glad to have teachers like Ms. (Pauline) Freeman and Ms. (Laurie) Holley who inspire me to embrace my talents.”

Freeman and the entire Thomas Jefferson High family are proud of Le’s accomplishment, especially coming in a large district that stretches from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.

“The competition was really, really stiff this year,” said Freeman. “They had some beautiful artwork from students in Jefferson Parish and we were excited when we found out Truc had won.”

Le is a soon-to-be senior. She hasn’t finalized a major yet, but is considering art therapy or engineering. Freeman feels that no matter the path a student chooses after high school, an arts education can help set them apart.

“The way that students approach art and the art problems they solve typically will enhance their academics in a whole lot of other ways.”

The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation. Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The competition is open to all high school students. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.