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Congresswoman Waters Honors Winners of 2014 Congressional Art Competition

May 7, 2014
Press Release

 Student, teachers and parents from across California's 43rd Congressional District joined Congresswoman Maxine Waters at the Lawndale Community Center on Friday, May 2, where she announced this year's Congressional Art Competition winners. An independent panel of art instructors and professional artists volunteered their time and expertise to choose four winners from 41 entries, the largest number of submissions ever received. Since its inception in 1982, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nation-wide Congressional Art Competition, emphasizing the importance of art programs in our schools.

"I applaud and celebrate all of the students, their teachers and parents who submitted projects to this year's competition," said Congresswoman Waters. "We know with budget cutbacks in our schools it often falls to the parents, and sometimes even to the teachers, to come out of their pockets to purchase the supplies needed to teach and to create art.  Anyone involved in our young people's lives in a positive way is to be commended for doing whatever it takes to encourage them and nurture their talents."

The first place prize winner is Ana Castellon of Inglewood High School (Inglewood), where she is taught by Richard Bermejo. Ana's artwork entitled "Reflecting the Past" will be displayed in the Nation's Capitol for one year and she will receive two complimentary, round-trip plane tickets to Washington D.C. for the official unveiling ceremony. The unveiling of the winning pieces will take place June 25th at the U.S. Capitol and will feature all the winners from the various congressional districts in the country.

The second place award was presented to Nhi Nguyen of Leuzinger High School (Lawndale), where she is taught by Kyle Jennings. Nhi's "Self Discovery" piece will be showcased in the Congresswoman's Washington D.C. office throughout the year.

The third place winning piece "Micky" is by Adriana Trujillo, who studies at Leuzinger High School (Lawndale) and is also taught by Kyle Jennings. The fourth place prize for the piece "Books and Nefertiti" was awarded to Natalie McDonald, of Vistamar High School (El Segundo), where she is taught by Emily Chandler. Adriana and Natalie's artwork will be on display for the next year in Congresswoman Waters' Los Angeles office.


L to R: Kyle Jennings (Art instructor of 3rd Place winner Adriana Trujillo); Nhi Nguyen (2nd Place);Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43); Ana Castellon (1st Place); and Natalie McDonald (4th Place).

Group picture of all participating students and their art submissions.  


First place winning art piece entitled "Reflecting the Past,"  Ana Castellon (1st Place) of Inglewood High School.