Students, teachers, and parents from a dozen different high schools in California's 43rd Congressional District joined Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other elected officials at the Inglewood Main Library on Monday, May 4, 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 five winners from a wide variety of mediums. Since its inception in 1982, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide Congressional Art Competition, emphasizing the importance of art programs in our schools.
“Every year I so enjoy seeing the art work submitted by the students in our incredibly diverse district” said Congresswoman Waters. “The different styles and themes they express are truly a window into the minds of these creative young people. I applaud and celebrate each of them, their teachers and their parents.”
The first place prize winner for the second year in a row is Ana Castellon of Inglewood High School, where she is taught by Richard Bermejo. Ana’s artwork entitled "Different Stages of my Life" 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 celebration of the winning pieces will take place June 24th at the U.S. Capitol and will feature all winners from the various congressional districts across the country.
The second place award was presented to Jesus Ortiz of Morningside High School in Inglewood, where he is taught by Laurie Siquedo. Jesus’ pencil drawing "Embrace" will be showcased in the Congresswoman’s Washington D.C. office throughout the year.
The third place winning piece, "Parched" is a “scratch drawing” by Monte Lin Ho, who studies at university High School in Los Angeles, where she is taught by Lynn Ishii. It will also hang in Congresswoman Water’s office on Capitol Hill for the next year.
For the first time, there was a tie for the fourth place prize, which was awarded to both Ahmirah Roberson of Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, where she is taught by Marques Owens and to Daniel Matias of Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, where he is taught by Kyle Jennings. Ahmirah and Daniel’s artwork will be on display for the next year in Congresswoman Waters’ Los Angeles office.