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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters Honors Local Student Artists in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition

May 24, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2017

Contact: Twaun Samuel or Rykia Dorsey

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Congresswoman Waters Honors Local Student Artists in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Hawthorne, CA –Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) honored the 47 high school students in the 43rd Congressional District who participated in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition this month. The ceremony, which featured an exhibition of all the submissions, was held in the Venus Room of the Hawthorne Memorial Center.

“I am so impressed by the remarkable talent and creativity expressed by the young people in the 43rd District who submitted their works of art in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” said Congresswoman Waters. “I commend the students, their parents, and the teachers for all of the hard work that went into each piece, and I look forward to displaying the artwork in my Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices as well as on Capitol Hill.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.  Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nation-wide competition.

The 2017 competition included submissions from students at 13 high schools in the 43rd Congressional District including: Ambassador High School, Bishop Montgomery High School, City Honors High School, ID8 Art and Design School, Lawndale High School, Leuzinger High School, Narbonne High School, North Torrance High School, Seoul Arts Academy, Sherry High School, Torrance High School, Washington Prep High School, and West High School.

This year’s first place winner was Eddie Kim, a senior at Ambassador High School. His graphite pencil and watercolor drawing titled “Nostalgia” will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for one year.  He will also receive two plane tickets to attend the unveiling ceremony in Washington, D.C. in late June. 

Tammie Kim, a junior at Torrance High School, received the second place prize for her pencil and paint drawing titled “Our Father.”  It will be displayed in Congresswoman Waters’ Capitol Hill office for one year.

The third place prize was awarded to Ubaldo Alvarez Gomez, a senior at Leuzinger High School.  His pencil drawing titled “I Have a Dream” will be displayed in Congresswoman Waters’ Los Angeles office for one year.

At the judges’ request, a fourth place winner was also chosen and the honor went to Wendy Rodriguez Aquilar, a freshman at Lawndale High School, for her pastel painting titled “The Promise of Tomorrow.”  Her piece will also be displayed in Congresswoman Waters’ Los Angeles office for one year.

For more information about the 2017 Congressional Art Competition please visit https://waters.house.gov/services/art-competition.

 

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