MARTINSBURG — Young artists everywhere aspire to have their work enjoyed and admired by others.
For one local high school student, this became a reality on a national level.
Reagan Bush, a senior at Central High School, was selected as a winner in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition and was chosen as the winner to represent the 13th District.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 as a way for congressmen to encourage and recognize young artists across the nation. Over the years, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
This year’s annual contest concluded in the spring.
Bush decided to enter the competition after she was approached by her art teacher at Central, Heather Trimeloni, who asked her if she wanted to create a piece for the competition to represent the school.
“Reagan is an exceptional art student who demonstrates a strong work ethic and a commitment to high artistic achievement,” Trimeloni said. “She consistently goes above and beyond expectations, and I am proud of her latest achievement.”
When she learned that her piece was selected as the winner, Bush was shocked.
“It’s an honor,” she said. “I was very glad to receive the letter, and I’m still a little in awe and shock that I was selected as the winner from our district.”
Bush’s piece is a chalk pastel drawing of the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 Memorial at sunset. Bush’s movitation came from her father Wayne’s connection to the Flight 93 scene, which sparked an interest in the history behind the memorial.
“What inspired me was my father,” Bush said. “He was at the Flight 93 crash scene — he was with the state police at the time. Overall, Flight 93 is a story of true courage to come out of a terrible event, and I’ve always found it…