Paloma Diaz of North Hills is directly in front of Rep. Kenny Marchant (center).

Paloma Diaz of North Hills is directly in front of Rep. Kenny Marchant (center).

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Paloma Diaz, a student at North Hills Preparatory School in Irving, placed second in the Congressional Art Competition. She received the Washington Award for her piece entitled “Dallas.” First place went to Zhexin “Lola” Jiang of Creekview High in Carrollton.

Rep. Kenny Marchant hosts the nationwide competition for students in his 24th Congressional District of Texas. About 250 students participated. Thirty finalists were selected. Their artwork is on display through Sunday at the Tower Club, 1601 Elm St. in Dallas.

"Dallas" by Paloma Diaz“The selected finalists displayed an amazing amount of talent,” Rep. Marchant said in a news release. “It is a pleasure for me to recognize these young artists and to help encourage them to continue pursuing art.”

The Congressional Art Competition was restructured last year into a digital online format to help encourage participation. Since its started in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have submitted entries. Rep. Marchant has sponsored the competition for his district since 2005.

Congrats, Paloma and the other finalists.

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