PRESTONSBURG – Jannah Halbert (Allen Central High School) and Payton Martin (Prestonsburg High School) excelled in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, a contest open to high school students across the United States.
Halbert was selected as first place winner in the Fifth Congressional District. Her oil painting “Isla Paraiso” will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year. Halbert will receive airline tickets to Washington, DC for an awards ceremony and is eligible for a college scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the daughter of Wes and Amy Halbert.
Martin was selected as the third place finisher in the Fifth Congressional District. His work is a pencil drawing of pop singer Ariana Grande. Martin is the son of Danny and Georgia Martin of Prestonsburg.
“Congratulations Jannah and Payton,” Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb said. “The board team and I are so proud of all of our talented kids in Floyd County and love to see their artistry recognized. We’re thrilled that two of the top three are from our district and that this is the second consecutive year that one of our kids’ artwork will hang in the US Capitol. Our kids are simply amazing and it’s an honor to serve them.”