For the second time in his Lawrence High School career, senior Alex Kim has won a Congressional Art Competition.
"This one I think is just going to stand out. It's beautifully done," said U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, whose district includes western Lawrence.
Boyda on Monday presented Kim with a certificate honoring him for a color sketch and self-portrait that won the contest among about 50 other entries in Boyda's district. Kim's piece will hang for one year in a gallery in the Cannon Tunnel, which connects the Capitol with the House office buildings.
Kim grew up in South Korea and moved to the United States four years ago to attend school and be with his brother, who was a Kansas University student.
Kim has received several honors during his high school career for his artwork, and he also won a congressional contest two years ago. His sketch then was displayed in Washington, D.C.
"That was good because you get to see really good artwork over there from other students, from all states in the United States," Kim said.
During Boyda's visit Monday morning to an LHS art classroom, representatives from Southwest Airlines presented Kim with plane tickets to Washington. A reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be June 25 for the exhibit.
More than 400 students from congressional districts across the country will have their artwork displayed.
Contest judges included area artists Stan Herd and Louis Copt.
Boyda made the presentation in front of 50 students and administrators in LHS art teacher Wendy Vertacnik's class.
LHS Principal Steve Nilhas said having strong fine arts programs is critical.
"I implore those who are in a position to make the policy to never forget that," Nilhas said.