LONGVIEW — Brandy Gonzalez, a sophomore at Pine Tree High School, received 1st place for her digital photo titled "Krystal Refractions" in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Brandy's photo will represent the 1st District of Texas with Congressman Louie Gohmert at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. for a year long art exhibition.

The exhibit opening is in June. Brandy won three plane tickets compliments of the Congressional Art Competition/Southwest Airlines/Louie Gohmert to attend the art opening with her parents. Judges were faculty members at East Texas Baptist University. High school students from all over East Texas competed.

Pine Tree is proud of Brandy's hard work, creativity, originality, and that Pine Tree High will be represented at our nation's capitol.

To create this image, Brandy designed a stencil, cut it out with an x-acto knife, projected the shadow's onto her model's face, took a photo, then manipulated that photo with various software. Her model's name is Krystal, and the colors are vivid like a crystal refraction- hence the title.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.