MILLBURN, NJ - Katherine Tai, a rising senior at Millburn High School, placed second in the Congressional Art Competition for the Seventh District. She recently met with Congressman Leonard Lance to accept her award for her submission, an oil painting titled Father

“Katherine did a fantastic job in painting this fine work of art,” said Lance, who currently serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Arts Contest.  “She is an incredibly talented young person and I commend her for her passion and creativity.  The number of impressive submissions we get each year for the Congressional Art Contest speaks volumes about the strong support the arts have here in the Seventh District.”   

“It was a pleasure to meet Congressman Lance, and I sincerely appreciate being able to participate in this art competition.  It was an incredible opportunity and I am proud that my work received recognition,” said Tai, 17.

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Tai has many interests outside of her award-winning art.  She is a member of the Milburn High School Fencing Team and is also a writer and illustrator for her school's Spanish magazine, La Palabra and a writer for The Miller, her school newspaper.

The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.  Since that time more than 700,000 high school students have been involved in the competition.