Lemont Student Surprised with Congressional Art Award
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D.-Ill., was at Lemont High School Thursday for a surprise ceremony to award junior Brook Finger first place in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.
Her painting, which honors area firefighters, will be displayed for a year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol, alongside winning pieces from congressional districts across the country.
Finger will also receive two round-trip tickets for the student art exhibition opening this summer in Washington, D.C.
"That's what I've been thinking about," she said. "I'm excited to see it hung up."
Lemont junior Victoria Annarino is one of five runners-up in the contest, and her painting will be displayed in Lipinski's Lockport office.
After Finger was chosen as the winner, Lipinski's office, Lemont High School and Finger's family worked together to keep the news a secret until they could surprise her Thursday.
Her family even had to trick her Thursday morning to make sure she was dressed up nice for the award presentation.
"They told me my aunt was going to take me somewhere fancy," she said.
It was not a complete lie – her family said they would be taking her out for a nice meal to celebrate.
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