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HKHS Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Submitted by Diane Ifkovic

(July 16, 2022) — Alexander Lara of Haddam was recently honored in Washington, D.C. as the winner of the 40th Annual Congressional Art Competition for Connecticut’s Second Congressional District.

Alex, a rising senior at Haddam-Killingworth High School, was among hundreds of high school-age artists from around the country recognized at a national reception held on June 21, 2022 at the U.S. Capitol. Their artwork will be displayed in the Capitol for one year, until Spring of 2023.

The son of Al Lara and Diane Ifkovic of Haddam, Alex’s entry was the overall winner chosen by local art judges organized by Congressman Joe Courtney and was selected from among multiple local submissions.

Entitled “Parabola,” it is a pen illustration depicting the Manhattan skyline and its landmark harbor through different periods of time, from the pre-colonial era to the distant future.

The Congressional Art Competition has been sponsored nationwide by the U.S. House of Representatives since 1982, during which time hundreds of thousands of high school students nationwide have participated.

“Parabola” also was chosen as the winner in the drawing category at the Future Choices visual arts competition held in May 2022, sponsored by the Shoreline Arts Alliance in Madison.

Photo by Diane Ifkovic




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