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This piece, "Backseat" by Union Springs High School senior Joan Hodges, won U.S. Rep. John Katko's 2018 Congressional Art Competition. 

Cayuga County students will have an opportunity to claim the top honor in U.S. Rep. John Katko's annual art contest. 

Katko, R-Camillus, is inviting students to enter the 2019 Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition. High school students living in the 24th Congressional District are eligible to enter. 

The 24th district is comprised of the western part of Oswego County and all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties. 

Entries must meet certain guidelines. Artwork may be up to 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by four inches thick. It must be two-dimensional and original in concept, design and execution, according to Katko's office. The submission must not violate U.S. copyright laws. 

Students may submit various forms of artwork, including paintings, drawings, collages, prints and photography. 

To enter the contest, students should submit the artwork and a completed competition release form to one of Katko's district offices by April 18. 

The district offices are located at 440 S. Warren St., 7th Floor, Suite 711 in Syracuse; 71 Genesee St., Auburn; 7376 Route 31, Lyons; and 13 W. Oneida St., 2nd Floor, Oswego. 

To schedule an appointment for the Syracuse, Lyons and Oswego offices, call (315) 423-5657. An appointment for the Auburn office can be scheduled by calling (315) 253-4068. 

"This is an excellent opportunity for our students to display their creative abilities, and my office receives many impressive pieces each year," Katko, R-Camillus, said in a statement. "I am excited for this year's submissions and encourage participation from all interested students." 

The 2017 and 2018 winners of Katko's art competition hailed from Cayuga County. Joan Hodges, a Union Springs High School student, won the contest last year. Emily Irving, who was also a student at Union Springs High School, won the top honor two years ago. 

The winners of the art competition are invited to attend a reception in Washington. Their artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. 

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