Port Orange, Fla. – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) announced today that Lauren Watford, a student at DeLand High School, took first place in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition with her oil painting titled “Are You Listening?” Ms. Watford will receive complimentary airfare for herself and a guest to attend an unveiling ceremony at the United States Capitol, where her artwork will be displayed for one year.

Jessica Insua, from Flagler Palm Coast High School, took second place with her photograph titled “Lonely Life.” Ms. Insua’s artwork will be displayed in Rep. DeSantis’s St. Augustine District Office for one year. Third place went to Lindsay Temple, from Seabreeze High School, for her landscape done in colored pencil titled “Keene.” Ms. Temple’s artwork will be displayed in Rep. DeSantis’s Port Orange District office for one year.

“I would like to congratulate Lauren for her well-deserved win, as well as thank the more than 70 students from across Florida’s 6th district who submitted their impressive artwork for consideration into this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Rep. DeSantis said. “The artwork submitted highlights not only the artistic talent of these students, but also their creative passion.”

Entries were posted on Rep. DeSantis’ official Facebook page for a period of three weeks, where constituents were encouraged to vote on their favorite artwork. The ten submissions with the most “likes” were then presented to a panel of judges from the art community in Florida’s 6th district, who determined a winner during a reception held at Flagler Palm Coast High School.