Congratulations are in order for graduating senior Haily Griggs.

It's not simply for completing high school, though she deserves a high-five for that, too. Griggs was named the Wyoming winner of the Congressional Art Award for her piece "Warm and Fuzzy." The muted-tone piece features a pair of horses nuzzling.

The Congressional Institute, a nonprofit that helps legislators understand their constituents and vice versa, bestows the Congressional Art Award. Students submit pieces to their legislators, then artists from their districts judge the works and choose a winner.

Griggs was an AP art student at Jackson Hole High School who will attend Montana State University in the fall. Her goal is to obtain an Animal Studies degree with a focus on horses. 

Two other students were nominees for the award. Juniors Sydney Wilmont and Alexia Carmical submitted work that made it to the judging panel.

Wilmont's was a blue painting of a squid with elements of pointillism, aptly named "Syd the Squid." Carmical's was a painting of a pair of boots and a camera titled "An Artist's Shoes."

For winning the award, Griggs will have her piece hung in the U.S. Capitol for one year. She will also be celebrated at a yet-unnamed later date for an awards reception in Washington, D.C.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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