May 04 2013
This week, I enjoyed hosting an awards ceremony to recognize and congratulate the 2013 Congressional Art Competition winners at the Art Institute of Dallas. The annual competition, known as “An Artistic Discovery,” is a nationwide art contest initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts that provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents.
This year’s competition included 34 entries from students representing ten schools in the 32nd Congressional District. The Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute and local artists. The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen by constituents through online voting on my website.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Grand Prize winner Amber Yen
Amber Yen, a junior at Fairhill School, was awarded the Grand Prize for her oil painting entitled “Childhood Memory.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Amber will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.
Runners Up honors were presented to Stephen Renard, a senior at Parish Episcopal, for his photograph “Vibrant Color in Everyday Life” and to Oscar Mora, a junior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for his graphite pencil sketch “Oscar Squared.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Samuel Boyne, a junior at Covenant School, for his pen and watercolor piece “Grasshopper Fete.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in my office for the next year.
I’m very proud of all the students who participated in the art competition this year and was pleased to personally congratulate Amber, Stephen, Oscar and Samuel on their artistic accomplishments this week. I am delighted that visitors from across the state and country will be able to see firsthand the exceptional talent from the students of the 32nd Congressional District.
If you’re interested in participating in next year’s Congressional Art Competition, please contact Jennifer Lang in my Dallas District office at 972.392.0505 for more information. Click here to view all the winning artwork.
On Monday, I visited the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to learn more about the great strides that faculty, staff and students are making in diabetes research. During my visit, I met with Dr. Daniel Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, and toured the Touchstone Diabetes Center.
As you may know, the Touchstone Diabetes Center’s research focuses on Type I and Type II diabetes. I was encouraged to learn of their progress in understanding diabetes and its impact on the lives of so many Americans. In addition to discussing their research, we also discussed their concerns with ObamaCare and the direct impact it will have on the scientific research community.
Junior Achievement of Dallas Finance Park
Also this week, I visited Junior Achievement of Dallas Finance Park and met with their program staff to learn about their work. I was pleased to hear how this interactive program helps North Texas middle and high school students develop skills in financial management.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Junior Achievement of Dallas staff
As a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility, I am proud to have this community-based program in the 32nd District and am confident that it will help prepare North Texas students to address financial challenges later in life. Click here to learn more about JA Dallas.
April Jobs Report
The monthly jobs report released today once again underscores the need for the federal government to enact pro-growth policies that will reenergize our sluggish economy and help to get Americans back to work. While the 165,000 jobs added this month are good news for some Americans, the unfortunate reality is that millions more remain unemployed or have given up looking for work. Last month’s labor force participation rate was at an alarming 63.3%—its lowest level since 1979.
In the President’s press conference this week, he failed to even mention the need for private sector job growth or projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline that will create thousands of American jobs. Instead of addressing much-needed job creation, the President continues to stifle our economy by imposing onerous regulations, spending more money and pushing for higher taxes.
I will continue to stand up for North Texas families and small businesses by fighting to get government out of the way and by promoting policies that encourage job creation. For more information on my work this Congress to make life better for the people of the 32nd Congressional District, please visit my website, download my Smartphone App, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
Have a good weekend.