June 10, 2023

Winners in 5th District Art & App Contests Honored

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer welcomed winners of the annual 5th District Congressional Art and App Competitions to a reception Aug. 20 in Waldorf.

The annual Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of high school students in the Fifth District.

Amber Fanelli, a senior at Chopticon High School in St. Mary’s County, won this year’s competition with her piece titled “La Jolla Rocks,” which is now displayed in the US Capitol complex.

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer speaks at a reception honoring winners of art and app competitions in the 5th District. Facebook photo

The annual Congressional App Challenge is modeled after the Congressional Art Competition and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math education fields.

Destini Brown, a student at Gwynn Park High School in Prince George’s County, won first place with her app, “How Are You Feeling?” Her app is designed to help those with autism process their emotions.

“I was pleased to honor the talented Fifth District students who won the congressional art and app competitions,” Congressman Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) said. “The students who participated in both competitions showcased an extraordinary level of skill and talent. I was extremely impressed by their hard work and enthusiasm to create.”

The following students were honored at the reception held at the Waldorf West Library:

Congressional Art Competition

  • First Place: Amber Fanelli, “La Jolla Rocks”
  • Second Place: Munachiso Nwachukwu, “Igbo Royalty”
  • Third Place: Gray Hall, “Movie Mania”

Congressional App Competition

  • First Place: Destini Brown, “How Are You Feeling 2.0”
  • Second Place: Stephen Zack and Gable Piatt, “Trash Dash”
  • Third Place: Austin Wilson, “Slithery Learning”

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