Huntley High School senior Tabitha Hein, 18, works on a joint mural project in art class. Tabby won the 2012 Illinois 16th Congressional District High School Art competition. Her painting, titled "French Quarter," will be displayed in the halls of Congress for the next year alongside other winners.
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Huntley High School senior Tabitha Hein with her winning drawing, titled "French Quarter." The work won the 2012 Illinois 16th Congressional District High School Art competition.
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It's rewarding, of course, to beat out young artists from all over northern Illinois in a contest. Doubly so when that victory comes with two plane tickets to visit your mom. For Tabitha Hein, the path to victory started in New Orleans, where her mom was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard. Tabby, a senior at Huntley High School, visited her mom there — a rare occurrence these days — and became intrigued with the city's different architecture.