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Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Announces 2016 Student Art Competition Winners

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Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2016 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) is pleased to announce the winners of the 23rd Annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition.  “It is a privilege to serve as honorary chair of this art competition,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.  “Year in and year out, this contest is a magnificent showcase for the creativity and potential of our local students.  This competition also reminds us that arts education is critical to a young person's growth and development.  Through the arts, students learn the importance of practice and teamwork, considering new perspectives, and fighting to realize their full potential.

“I extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation to our students.  The success of this competition is a testament to your courage in sharing your talent and perspective with our community.”

This year’s First Place winner was Luis Angel Calderon for his digital photo titled Pondering Innocence.  Luis is a junior at Paramount High School, and his instructor is Ernesto Jacobo.  Alfonso Hernandez, a senior at Warren High School, won Second Place for Keeping Busy, a black and white traditional photo.  Alfonso’s instructor is George Redfox.

Juan Serrano, a Paramount High School sophomore, won Third Place for Art Is a Universal Phenomenon, a work created with watercolors and colored pencils.  Luis A. Fuentes, a Paramount High School senior, won Honorable Mention for Under the Moonlight, an image using pencils, watercolors, and tempera paint.  Juan R. Navarro is the instructor for both students.

The People’s Choice Award winner was Briana Medina, a Downey High School senior, for her charcoal drawing titled Unknown.  Briana’s instructor is Darrelle Nikaj.

The 66 entries submitted for the art competition were judged on originality, technical skill, artistic presentation, and use of color and contrast.

For winning First Place, Luis Angel Calderon will receive a $1,000 scholarship, $200 for art supplies, a trip to Washington, DC, for himself and a parent to attend the national exhibit opening, and $500 for travel expenses.  Luis will have his entry displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, while the remaining winning students will have their artwork displayed in Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s District Office in Commerce.

Alfonso Hernandez will receive a $750 scholarship and $175 for art supplies.  Juan Serrano will receive a $500 scholarship and $150 for art supplies.  Luis A. Fuentes and Briana Medina will each receive a $250 scholarship and $125 for art supplies.  Each winner’s school is eligible to receive a gift card to purchase supplies to advance their art program.  In addition, schools with five or more entries are eligible to receive $100 for art supplies.

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Tags: Education