US Rep. Guinta honors NH student artists


Photo caption:  “U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) appears with Kelsey Follansbee, student at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, as she receives the first place award in the 30th Annual Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District.” 

(WASHINGTON – May 17, 2011)   U.S. Representative Frank Guinta recognized participants in the 30th Annual Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District at a ceremony in the Manchester City Library Monday evening.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent around the nation and in each congressional district.  This year’s first place award for NH-01 goes to Kelsey Follansbee of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.  Her self-portrait with postcards from her father (an Iraq war veteran) hanging in the background will represent the First District in the 112th Congress in this year’s exhibit.

Kelsey’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the U.S. Capitol Building to the Cannon House Office Building. Countless Members of Congress, federal officials, Congressional staffers, and visitors from across the country and world will pass by this exhibit every day.  She was also awarded a scholarship from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  In addition, four other students received scholarships: 2nd Place - Maggie Cook of Goffstown High School, 3rd Place – Hannah Smith of Goffstown High School, 4th Place – Brittney Torres of Goffstown High School, and 5th Place – Leanne Baratier of Coe-Brown Academy.

After the awards ceremony, Rep. Guinta said: “Supporting students and encouraging their participation in the arts is something that we should all encourage.  I congratulate Kelsey and all of the students who joined in this great program.  I also want to thank the New Hampshire Institute of Art for assisting in the judging and for providing these very generous scholarships that will most certainly help some very talented young people achieve their dreams.”

Participants who received certificates include: From Goffstown High School – Jennifer Evans, Audrey Comeau, Andrew McKim, Nicolle Larhette, Megan Dodge, Caitlyn Brown, and Brianna Seidel.  From Londonderry High School – Mariah Geiger, Amands Bentley, and Amy Johnson.  From Coe-Brown Northwood Academy – Jordan McAllister, Taylor Marie Trainor, and Kayla Roberts. From Pinkerton Academy – Michael Ropple, Brianna Danielle Lamonica, Rachel Greenlaw, and Kelly Brady.  From Great Bay E-Learning Charter School – Emily Russman

Kelsey Follansbee was recognized in New Hampshire and will also be commended at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC next month.

Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the national art competition.