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Geibel student honored for his art

| Tuesday, May 24, 2011

U.S. Rep. Mark Critz (D-12) recently visited Geibel Catholic Middle-High School to recognize artistry.

Judges from California University of Pennsylvania judged submissions for the annual high school Congressional Art Competition for Critz's district and Geibel senior Chris Corrado took first in the Fayette County region of the district.

Critz also represents residents in Armstrong and Cambria counties. Nearly 85 high schools in the three districts sent art to be judged.

The district winner will be displayed for a year along with winners from all congressional districts in the Cannon tunnel, through which representatives must pass on their way to the capital.

"You have a tremendous program, a tremendous school," Critz said before presenting Corrado with a proclamation of achievement."

The proclamation read in part, "The expression of emotion and thought is one of the greatest gifts of mankind."

Critz said he had nothing to do with the judging, that artists at Cal U rated the dozens of submissions.

"I sent in two things," Corrado, 17, son of Anthony and Susan Corrado of Connellsville, said.

One is an acrylic painting of an abstract and the other a detailed sketch of a hand.

"We really didn't see his talent until he started coming to Geibel," Anthony Corrado said.

"He started out with sketching, portraits, then abstracts. I started out sketching when I was his age," Susan Corrado said.

Julie Yankovich, Geibel's art teacher, has taught Chris for two years.

"We usually enter every time, but this was the first time we've had a regional winner," she said. "We sent in 10 to 12 works. The kids picked their best pictures. I helped."

Chris has not decided if he will study art in college, but thanked Yankovich for her work.

"She helped me a lot with my drawing and painting. It's always been something I wanted to do," he said.

In addition to art, Chris said he enjoys fishing, biking, reading and the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Unfortunately, Chris' work did not win Critz's district. Michelle Mazur, a senior at Richland High School, Johnstown, won. Her painting will be displayed in Washington for one year.

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