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Today, U.S. Representative Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced the winners of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition for Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District.

The first place artwork, entitled “Entranced,” was drawn by Jeffery Couch, a junior at Knott Central High School. Jeffery utilized colored pencils to capture his younger sister reading one of her favorite books while seated under a tree near their home. His art teacher is Carolyn Slone Gibson. Jeffery is the son of Jeffery and Robin Couch of Kite, Kentucky.

“Our region is known for incredible talents, from musicians to crafters and artists and the Congressional Art Competition is a great way to highlight the newest talent from the mountains of southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Rogers. “Jeffery's artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for thousands of visitors from across the world to see and I am proud that everyone will know that it came from eastern Kentucky.”

The second place artwork, was an acrylic painting of flowers in a glass vase by Monica Withers, a sophomore at Monticello High School. Her art teacher is Tonya Marcum. Monica is the daughter of Tim Withers and Angela Denney of Monticello, Kentucky.

The third place artwork, was entitled "A Dandelion Wish" by Rebecca Ann Trosper, a sophomore at North Laurel High School. Rebecca used black and white photography to capture the details of a dandelion. Her art teacher is Tony Johnson. She is the daughter of Tom and Mary Trosper of Annville, Kentucky.

The winning artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building where it will hang alongside artwork from congressional districts across the nation. First place artists are invited to a Congressional Art Competition reception on June 20th in Washington, D.C. and will receive two complimentary airline tickets to attend. Jeffery Couch is also eligible for a college art scholarship as the first place district winner.

The second and third place winners will receive a Congressional certificate of recognition for their award-winning artwork.

The Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, was initiated by Congress in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young people living in their districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition over the last 29 years.

To see the top three winning pieces of artwork and the artists from Southern and Eastern Kentucky, visit

Photo Cutline: Rogers with Jeffery Couch of Knott Central High School,
1st Place Winning Artwork "Entranced"

2nd Place Winning Artwork "Flowers in Glass Vase" by Monica Withers of Monticello High School

3rd Place Winning Artwork, "A Dandelion Wish" by Rebecca Ann Trosper fNorth Laurel High School

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit