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June 11, 2013

Andover youth wins Congressional Art Competition

ANDOVER — Joshua Allen, a student at Andover High School, has won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, and will have his artwork displayed at the U.S. Capitol building for one year,

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced the winner and runnerups during a reception last week at the Chelmsford Public Library. Third runnerup is Tiffany Lu of Westford, second runners-up are Kevin Lee of Andover and Tanya Dimitrov of Chelmsford, and first runner up Austin Wells of Dracut.

Allen will receive two complimentary airplane tickets to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national ceremony scheduled for June 26 and will receive an artistic scholarship.

The annual Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by members of Congress in their home districts to encourage the artistic talent of high school students. The winners from the Third Congressional District were determined by a nonpartisan panel of artistic, cultural, and community leaders from the area.

Congresswoman Tsongas released the following statement.

“It has always been a great opportunity to encourage and share the artistic talents of our high school students throughout the Third District, providing them with the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building. I especially want to congratulate this year’s winner, Joshua Allen, in addition to all the runners up and participants in this year’s competition.

“Art plays an important role in the lives of us all. From a young age, art helps us become well-rounded individuals and encourages creative expression. Even during difficult economic times, it is so important that we continue to provide funding for public art and art education. These are all part of the broader ‘creative economy’ that helps spur the kind of innovation and business that make us more competitive in today’s increasingly global economy.”

State Police sobriety checkpoint planned

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a public way in Essex County on Saturday June 15 into Sunday, June 16.

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