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Icie Wallace of Sylacauga wins grand prize in Third Congressional Art Competition


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga ninth grader Icie Wallace won the grand prize at the Third Congressional Art Competition. The event was held last Saturday at The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum & Arts Center with her piece titled, “A. J. the Goldfish.” Wallace created the piece using colored pencils.

Rep. Mike Rogers presented the award which included $1,000 and a $3,000 one year scholarship to Savannah School of Art and Design. She also won a trip to Washington, D.C., and her piece will be shown in a hall in the U.S. Congress buildings for the next year.

Wallace is the 14-year-old daughter of Lee and Kristie Wallace of Sylacauga. She lives in Sylacauga and is home schooled. Her hobbies include drawing, painting, sculpting, knitting, crocheting, reading, singing and playing the piano and several other instruments. She also enjoys public speaking and the Japanese language. Wallace enjoys spending free time at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library where she volunteers with the Summer Reading program and serves as a member of the Teen Advisory Council. Earlier this year one of Icie’s oil paintings was the winner of “The Secret Garden” art contest.

Second place of the Third Congressional Art Competition was awarded to Angel Geyrozaga of Opelika High School and included $500; third place of $250 was awarded to Abigail Reagan of Sylacauga High School; fourth place of $150 was awarded to Kinley Bryant of Coosa Valley Academy; and fifth place of $100 was awarded to Brianna Dass of Central High School.

There were 80 entries of outstanding artwork this year. There were also ten honorable mentions from this area: Lex Livingston of Fayetteville High School and Brianna Dass of Central High School. The participating schools were Central High School, Cherokee County High School, Coosa Valley Academy, Fayetteville High School, Home School, Opelika High School, Oxford High School, Reeltown High School, Smiths Station High School, Spring Garden High School and Sylacauga High School.

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