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Napolitano Honors Local Students in 2019 High School Art Competition

May 7, 2019
Press Release

(SAN DIMAS, CA) On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) held an awards ceremony honoring the winners and all participants of the 2019 Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” for the 32nd Congressional District at the Walker House in San Dimas.

“On behalf of the 32nd Congressional District, I would like to congratulate all of the students who entered pieces in this year’s competition,”Napolitano said. “It is wonderful to see the variety of artwork, representing the very best our region has to offer. Thank you, as always, to the City of San Dimas for providing such a fantastic venue to showcase our youngsters’ art pieces.”

Nancy Hoang of Mountain View High School won first place with her colored pencil drawing, “Orange Fish.” For the next year, Hoang’s work will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building alongside other winning pieces of art from across the country.

“I created the piece for a project in art class using complimentary colors,” said Hoang. “I wanted to do something vibrant so I decided to choose an orange fish.”

Ron Switzer, art instructor at Mountain View High School, discussed his involvement and celebrated Hoang’s achievement.

“I always do a demonstration for my students before they begin the assignment for entry,” said Switzer. “I’m really proud of Nancy. She really worked hard and took it home on weekends. It is a lot of work, and I’m glad her efforts were recognized.” 

Napolitano’s office received 76 art pieces from 13 high schools throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including Armenian Mesrobian School, Bonita High School, El Monte High School, El Rancho High School, Gladstone High School, Glen A. Wilson High School, John A. Rowland High School, La Serna High School, Los Altos High School, Mountain View High School, Northview High School, Rosemead High School, and Sierra Vista High School.


First place: Nancy Hoang, Mountain View High School. “Orange Fish”

Second place: Christopher Gonzalez, Gladstone High School. “xxxTentacion”

Third place: Matthew Montoya, Gladstone High School. “The Eyes of The West”

Judges’ Choice: Gabriella Roldan, Los Altos High School. “Jarabe Tapatio”

Judges’ Choice: Victoria Galindo, Northview High School. “Rough Seas”

Judges’ Choice: Kevin Bautista, Sierra Vista High School. “Through the Cam”

Honorable Mention: Isabelle Mazmanian, Armenian Mesrobian School. “Armenian Mandala”

Honorable Mention: Kaitlin Jensen, Bonita High School. “Summer Hair”

Honorable Mention: Benjamin Spiller, Bonita High School. “Plumeria & Mint Still Life”

Honorable Mention: Adrianna Villagran, Glen A. Wilson High School. “Let me Rebuild All That You Shattered”

Honorable Mention: Emily Escobar, Northview High School. “A Child’s Imagination”

Honorable Mention: Brianna Williams, Northview High School. “Ability to Remember”

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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