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Congresswoman Waters Salutes Student Artists Competing in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition

May 30, 2012
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) held a reception at the Hawthorne Memorial Center to honor the 31 high school students from the 35th Congressional District who submitted art into the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.

Today, Congresswoman Waters honored 31 students from seven high schools across her congressional district who submitted art into this year's Congressional Art Competition.  Members of the community along with the student's parents and teachers filled the Venus room at the Hawthorne Memorial Center to see the amazing display of student art.  "I'm extremely proud of all the talented young people in our District and am pleased to have this annual opportunity to show off their work" said Congresswoman Waters.

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. "We know with the serious budget cuts in our schools, it often falls on the parents and sometimes even to the teachers to purchase the supplies needed to teach, let alone to create art.  All of you involved in our young people's lives are to be commended for doing whatever it takes to encourage them and nurture their talents, whatever they may be," said Congresswoman Waters to the event's attendees.

This year's first place prize winner is De'Von Stubblefield, a senior at St. Bernard High School. His pen & ink drawing titled "West Side Dancers" will be displayed in the Nation's Capitol for one year. The second place prize went to Kyle Moreno, a senior at Loyola High School, for his multi-media piece entitled "Overpass/Underpass." Kyle's piece will be displayed in the Congresswoman's Capitol Hill office for one year. The third place prize was awarded to Hoa Phan, a senior at Hawthorne's Leuzinger High School.  His drawing titled "In the Life" will be displayed in Congresswoman's Los Angeles district office for the next year.

Southwest Airlines and Time Warner Cable served as sponsors for this year's event. Southwest Airlines will be providing two complimentary plane tickets for the 35th Congressional District winner to travel to Washington D.C. for the official unveiling ceremony in late June at the U.S. Capitol. Time/Warner Cable contributed to the prize money for the three winners.  Representing Time Warner Cable was their Senior Director, Government Affairs - West Region, Richard Benbow, who is a graduate of Westchester High School in the 35th Congressional District. 


Congresswoman Waters with (from the left) 1st Place Winner - De'Von Stubblefield, 3rd Place Winner - Hoa Phan and 2nd Place Winner - Kyle Moreno

Congresswoman Waters with CA-35 high schools students who submitted art into this year's Congressional Art Competition