River Ridge High School Class of 2018 graduate Graciella Elaine won first place for her work, “The Magician,” in this year’s 11th District Congressional Art Competition. The honor, which was presented to Graciella by U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, includes a $13,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as scholarships to the Art Institute of Atlanta and Wesleyan College in Macon. Graciella also won two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to view her artwork in the halls of Congress, where it will be displayed for the next year.
Rising junior Ragan Martin won third place in the competition, and her work, “Haunting Beauty,” was recognized, along with other select artists from the Congressional District, in a local exhibit. As part of her honor, Ragan received a $3,500 scholarship to the Art Institute and a $3,000 scholarship to Wesleyan.
Their art teachers are Mary Jo Mulvey and Chris Akins.