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May 2, 2016

(L-R): David and Dajanine Coffee, Rockdale County Commissioner and Art Competition judge Doreen Williams, Demetria Coffee, and Congressman Johnson.

Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has announced that Newton High School junior, Demetria Coffee, won the grand prize in his 2015 Congressional Arts Competition. As a result, Demetria was presented a $12,000 scholarship to The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) for her work, “Depression.”

According to Rep. Johnson, Miss Coffee has been invited to Washington, D.C., in June to see her art displayed in the Capitol, where it will hang with other award winners from around the country for a year. Miss Coffee also won two roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to Washington, D.C., for the National Recognition Ceremony.

“We are extremely proud of Demetria,” said Newton High School principal, John Ellenberg. “She is a very talented young lady and her submission in the Congressional Arts Competition was absolutely phenomenal! We were excited to learn that her artwork will now be displayed at the U.S. Capitol. She has definitely represented not only Newton High School but our entire community well.”

Since 2007, Congressman Johnson has awarded more than $315,000 in arts scholarships to Fourth District students through the Congressional Arts Competition.

“Every year, it warms my heart how such a diverse and talented group of students compete in this annual event,” said Rep. Johnson. “Again this year, we see the vision and artistry of Fourth District students on full display.”

According to the congressman’s office, more than 19 high school students from DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties submitted artwork competing for the four college scholarships.

The judges for Rep. Johnson’s 2016 Art Competition were: Kate McLeod of the High Museum of Art; Jennifer Galloway, owner of Thirsty Mona Lisa Art Gallery; Doreen Williams, Rockdale County Commissioner; Michelle Bryant-Johnson of the Newton County Art Council; and Suzanne Lipe, AHF Clinic.