Rep. Napolitano Honors Local Students in 2015 Congressional High School Art Contest
(San Dimas, CA) On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) held a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2015 Art Contest, “An Artistic Discovery,” for the 32nd Congressional District at the Walker House in San Dimas.
“It is a tremendous honor to join all the proud parents, teachers, friends, and family to recognize so many talented youngsters today,” Napolitano said. “Thank you to the city of San Dimas and the Walker House for once again showcasing the artwork and hosting our awards ceremony. We congratulate all students who submitted entries and wish them the best in their future artistic endeavors.”
Aliss Cordon of Sierra Vista High School won first place with her work, “An Old Man’s Dream.”
“It was an amazing experience to be in front of the audience at the ceremony. I never thought I would be able to do that,” Cordon said. “There were so many incredible pieces of artwork, I feel like many others could have been selected. I am humbled with this opportunity to go to Washington. I give thanks to God, my teacher, parents, judges, and Congresswoman Napolitano for this opportunity.”
For the next year, Cordon’s work will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building alongside other winning works of art from across the country.
Napolitano’s office received a record 304 art pieces from 19 high schools throughout the 32nd Congressional District, including Azusa High School, Baldwin Park High School, Basset High School, Bonita High School, Covina High School, Duarte High School, El Monte High School, Gladstone High School, Los Altos High School, La Puente High School, Mt. Olive High School, Mountain View High School, Nogales High School, Northview High School, San Dimas High School, Sierra Vista High School, South Hills High School, and William Workman High School, and the Waverly School.
First place: Aliss Cordon, Sierra Vista High School. “An Old Man’s Dream”
Second place: Dayna Murri, Bonita High School. “Daffodils”
Third place: Sabrina Rodriguez, La Puente High School. “Maria”
Judges’ Choice: Jesus A. Gutierrez, Covina High School. “Schizophrenia”
Judges’ Choice: Thomas Beach Tucker, Bonita High School. “The Land Forgotten”
Judges’ Choice: Lilianna Fournier, Bonita High School. “Cactus Flowers”
Honorable Mention: Edith Figueroa, Sierra Vista High School. “Psychedelic Rock”
Honorable Mention: Alexander Torres, Sierra Vista High School. “A Lantern on Chinese Culture”
Honorable Mention: Celeste Gonzalez, Sierra Vista High School. “Dove Seasons”
Honorable Mention: Daniel Chan, Northview High School. Untitled
Honorable Mention: Samantha Gonzalez, Northview High School. “Tracks Z”
Honorable Mention: Dallas Bagshaw, Bonita High School. “The Misty Meadow Music Maker”
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 at www.facebook.com/RepGraceNapolitano.