Manatee Technical Institute student Marcos Aviles received an honorable mention in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Aviles is a high school student in the digital design program at MTI. According to Aviles, a junior, “I wasn’t going to enter the contest until my father reminded me that I would never win if I didn’t compete. Now I’m really glad I did and can’t wait for next year’s competition.” He is the first MTI student to win an award in the art competition. Over 200 congressional offices participated in the program, including Florida’s 13th district. The competition provides an opportunity for high school students to exhibit their artwork and be recognized for their talent. The submissions have been hung in and will remain at the Ringling Museum for six months. A reception honoring local winners was held in the museum on May 10.