Congratulations to Richard Ward, Jr., who entered and won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, for his graphite drawing of a young woman, entitled “Inspiring Opportunities”. Richard lives in Boscawen, New Hampshire and attends Merrimack Valley High School, class of 2017. His proud father, one of TFMoran’s Survey Field Technicians, Richard Ward, Sr., shared this great news with TFMoran. Richard’s dream come true is to travel to Washington, DC this summer to attend the artist’s reception at the White House, and see his award-winning artwork hung in the U.S. Capitol. Richard created an “Inspiring Opportunities Fund” to raise money for his travel expenses to and from DC; for art materials, and to participate in the NH Institute of Art Summer Program. TFMoran is a long-time supporter of the arts, and proudly contributed to help make Richard’s dream a reality.
As explained on the website of the competition host, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, “Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent across the nation and right here in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District. The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982, in order to encourage Members of Congress to recognize the artistic accomplishments of young community members in their districts. Since then, hundreds of thousands of students have participated in competitions all across the country.”
As a result of the Congressional Award, Richard was awarded a merit scholarship to Kimball Jenkins School of Art and a $1,000 scholarship towards the New Hampshire Institute of Art Intensive Summer Program. Other achievements include Merrimack Valley High School Academic Excellence Certificate for earning a 3.5 GPA or higher; a Medallion recognizing excellence in fine arts; and the Merrimack Valley Excellence in Fine Arts plaque; a Gold Key Award and Honorable Mention Award from Scholastic.
TFMoran wishes Richard great success in his art career, and a very memorable trip to the White House!