U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announced today that Port Neches Groves High School senior Robyn Voight will represent Texas 2nd Congressional District in the 24th Annual Congressional Art Competition An Artistic Discovery.

The winning pieces from across the country were unveiled today at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Voights art will be displayed for the next year in the tunnel that connects the United States Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building.

Robyns artistic abilities are extremely impressive. During this era of great peril and promise at home and abroad, it is moving that when communicating through the pigment of her pastels Robyn, a member of our nations youth, depicted such a staunch patriotism. I appreciate her thoughtfulness regarding the critical contributions of our armed service personnel both past and present who have manned our frontlines during Americas hours of need. I am proud to have a piece of artwork laden with such powerful meaning represent Southeast Texas before the eyes of the thousands of people who visit the Capitol every year, Poe said.

Robyns piece was a pastel entitled Salute to the Unknown. It depicts her deceased grandfather, WWII veteran Virgil Voight and her cousin Spencer Voight saluting the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

My grandfather was my inspiration for the piece, Robyn said. I wanted to honor him and thank all soldiers, dead and alive for their service to our country.

April Sherman from Beaumont was the 2nd place winner and Bethany Habert from Nederland was the 3rd place winner. Their masterpieces will enjoy display in Congressman Poes Humble and Beaumont District offices for the next year.

Voight will begin her college career at Lamar University this summer. She intends to double major in history and art.