By Shereen Siewert

An oil painting created by a Wausau East High School senior will soon hang in an exhibit in Washington, D.C.

Lena Brearley, an International Baccalaureate art student at East, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition, according to a Wausau School District release. Brearley will represent the 7th Congressional District for the state of Wisconsin. She is being honored for her work on a piece entitled “Morning Light.”

Brearley and her family are invited to attend a presentation and reception at the U.S. Capitol with other winners from across the country.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated, according to information on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office and panels of district artists select the winning entries. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.