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Napolitano Honors Local Students in 2017 High School Art Contest

May 9, 2017
Press Release

(San Dimas, CA) On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) held an awards ceremony honoring the winners and all participants of the 2017 Art Contest, “An Artistic Discovery,” for the 32nd Congressional District at the Walker House in San Dimas.

“Many congratulations to the winners and all young artists who submitted entries this year!” Napolitano said. “Thank you to all of the teachers and parents for encouraging our students, pushing them to achieve success inside and outside of the classroom. Our youngsters have amazing talents, and we must do all we can to recognize them in positive ways. To the City of San Dimas, thank you for welcoming us year after year and showcasing all of the artwork at the historic Walker House.”

Millyna Liu, an 11th grader at Baldwin Park High School, won first place with her drawing, “Off in the Distance.” For the next year, Liu’s work will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building alongside other winning works of art from across the country.

“It’s pretty overwhelming because I never won first place in an art contest before,” said Liu. “I want to thank Ms. Blume, my art teacher. She really supports me.”

Other winners in attendance shared the same praise for their art teachers, reflected on the inspiration for their pieces, and one even expressed a desire to pursue an art-related career.

“I want to study art in college and make it a profession,” said Eduardo Lopez, student at Sierra Vista High School. “It helps express my feelings and convey them on canvas.”

Helen Zotos, art instructor of Sierra Vista High School, celebrated Lopez’s, and all of her students’ achievements.

“I am super proud of Eduardo, a student who has never taken an art class before. This is his first time, so I am very proud he was able to complete the drawing with such success,” said Zotos. “What inspires me is helping my students find their passion, even if it is not in the arts.”

Napolitano’s office received 98 art pieces from 12 high schools throughout the 32nd Congressional District, including Baldwin Park High School, Bonita High School, Duarte High School, El Monte High School, Gladstone High School, Mountain View High School, Nogales High School, Northview High School, San Dimas High School, Sierra Vista High School, South El Monte High School, and South Hills High School.


First place: Millyna Liu, Baldwin Park High School. “Off in the Distance”

Second place: Catherine Chow, South Hills High School. “The Mirror”

Third place: Daniel Chan, Northview High School. “Untitled”

Judges’ Choice: Stephanie Ramos, Northview High School. “Reincarnation”

Judges’ Choice: Anggie Arivia, Mountain View High School. “The Mighty King of the Jungle (Tiger)”

Judges’ Choice: Rebecca Luna, Bonita High School. “Mother Nature”

Honorable Mention: Margaret Bartlett, Bonita High School. “My Mother’s Hands”

Honorable Mention: Alondra Haro, Gladstone High School. “Cole”

Honorable Mention: Theresa Nguyen, Gladstone High School. “First Date”

Honorable Mention: Tam Do, Sierra Vista High School. “Glenda”

Honorable Mention: Leslie Davila, Sierra Vista High School. “Marvel Comic Fan”

Honorable Mention: Eduardo Lopez, Sierra Vista High School. “Horse”

The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to give young artists an opportunity to display their talent on a local and potentially national level. First place winners are selected from each of the participating Congressional Districts, and their artwork is put on display for a year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. High school students interested in entering the contest next year should talk to their art teacher.


A gallery of images can be found here.

First place:

Second place:

Third Place:

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