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Cane Bay student wins Congressional Art Competition

Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Provided by the office of Rep. Mark Sanford

Photo of George De La Cruz with Rep. Sanford and Willis Sanders

This photo provided by the office of Rep. Mark Sanford shows the congressman with Jorge Feria De La Cruz and Mr. Willis Sanders.


This week Representative Mark Sanford surprised Jorge Feria De La Cruz, a senior at Cane Bay High School, by dropping by the school and letting George know that he is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for South Carolina’s First District. His piece, entitled “The Last Great Artist,” is a portrait of Willis Sanders, a Berkeley County resident and artist.

Rep. Sanford released the following statement:

“It was a pleasure to meet George and his subject, congratulate him in person, and tell him just how impressed I am with his submission. His talent is clear for everyone to see.

“The Congressional Art Competition celebrates the talent and passion of our country’s young artists like Jorge. In that regard, I am struck by the level of creativity and artistic skill of the high schoolers right here at home. There were a number of impressive entries, and I wanted to thank everyone who participated, and again, I want to say congratulations Jorge!”

** Courtesy of Southwest Airlines, Jorge and one parent or guardian will be flown to Washington this summer to attend a reception recognizing his artwork at the U.S. Capitol, where his drawing will be displayed for the next year along with the other participating district winners nationwide. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest where high school students from each congressional district submit entries to their U.S. Representative’s office.