A senior from Oak Lawn Community High School has taken top honors in this year’s Congressional Art Competition in Washington, D.C.
Brian Pfister’s moving digital photograph called “Salute,” shows an image from an Air Force ceremony involving his brother. Pfister competed against hundreds of entries representing Illinois’ Third Congressional District.
“While I was impressed by all the artwork that my office received, Brian’s moving photograph really brings out that patriotic feeling that many of us share when we think about the brave men and women putting their lives on hold, and often in harm’s way, in order to serve this great nation,” U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) said. “I congratulate Brian on this honor and thank all the young men and women who participated in this year’s competition for the thought and care they put into their art.”
Pfister’s photograph will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside the winning pieces from congressional districts across the country. He will also receive two round trip tickets for the exhibition opening this summer in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Lipinski presented Pfister with a certificate at a special ceremony attended by his family, teachers, school officials, and friends at Oak Lawn Community High School. The Congressman also gave him an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.
Pfister's "Salute" is also the featured banner photo on the Oak Lawn Patch Facebook page.