Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Recognizes Winner of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

May 10, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) recognized Hialeah Gardens Senior High School sophomore Melanie Himely for her winning piece in the 25th congressional district’s 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Her piece, titled “Sharapova in Action,” was chosen out of 98 entries submitted from 14 participating schools. Melanie’s piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. A viewing reception for the submitted artwork was held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Mary Collins Community Center in Miami Lakes, Florida. 


(L): Melanie Himely is pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart at the 2016 Congressional Art Competition Reception. (R): Her winning piece, “Sharapova in Action” was done in charcoal and drawing pencils.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of the country’s youth. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide. Each spring a winner is selected from each Congressional District in the U.S.