Southwest Airlines Flies More Than 350 High School Students To Washington, D.C., As Part Of The Congressional Art Competition

Students' Award-Winning Artwork Displayed in the Nation's Capitol Building

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Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) proudly shows its dedication to education and the arts through its ongoing support of the Congressional Art Competition, an annual, nationwide visual art competition hosted by the Congressional Institute.

Southwest Airlines sponsored the Congressional Art Competition for the 13th consecutive year. In 2014, 370 congressional offices participated in the Congressional Art Competition, designed to encourage and celebrate artistic talent among youth. 

In addition to the more than 350 students who received complimentary airfare to Washington, D.C., Southwest Airlines donated airfare for guardian guests to accompany the students to the Capitol, totaling more than 700 roundtrip ticket donations. Winning students who live in cities without convenient service to D.C. or the surrounding area were awarded alternate grand prizes.

"Southwest Airlines is proud of our continued support of the Congressional Art Competition," said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines' Vice President, Communication & Outreach. "Traveling to D.C. to view their artwork hanging at the Capitol is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students, some of whom had never traveled on an airplane. This is a great honor for these students, and we hope it motivates them to continue to pursue their promising artistic talent." 

For the personal story of one of last year's winning students, please visit: NUTS About Southwest.

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