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South Allegheny student's artwork to be displayed in Washington

Photo courtesy of South Allegheny School District
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle views with South Allegheny sophomore Kaylee Presson her winning entry, 'Luna,' in his 14th District Congressional Arts Competition.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 2:01 a.m.

A South Allegheny High School sophomore took first prize in U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's annual 14th District Congressional Arts Competition.

Doyle, D-Forest Hills, announced Monday evening that Kaylee Presson's digital painting “Luna” will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol in Washington.

Her graphic arts teacher Ellen Eyth was not surprised with Kaylee's achievement.

“Kaylee works very hard and spends countless hours on her work,” Eyth said. “She is not happy until it's perfect and will sometimes miss her lunch to continue working on a project.”

Her work was selected from a field of 61 entries from 12 schools. Locally, East Allegheny High School's Meghan Corcoran was one of 12 honorable mentions for her spray paint work, “Beyond.”

“Every year, I am amazed at the talent and creativity of the young people in our communities,” Doyle said. “The effort and dedication that these students put into their work is clear, and their artistic talents are quite evident in the artwork they submitted.”

For Kaylee, it is her second award in as many months. On Earth Day, April 22, she won second prize in the graphic arts category in the Pennsylvania Resource Council's Let's Clear the Air poster challenge.

“The goal of the (Earth Day) contest was to promote clean air and/or alternate transportation,” South Allegheny district spokeswoman Laura Thomson said. “We hope that these recent awards will give her the confidence to know that she has the ability to go beyond the art classrooms at South Allegheny.”

West Mifflin's Wilson Christian Academy had three entries. Other entries in the competition came from the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Highlands, Montour, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn Hills, Riverview, Springdale, Sto-Rox and Woodland Hills high schools.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or



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