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CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD (CA-34) ANNOUNCES 2009 34th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT STUDENT ART COMPETITION WINNERS

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Washington, April 22, 2009 | HELEN MACHADO (202-225-1766) | comments

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 34th Congressional District Student Art Competition.

“I am proud and honored to represent a district filled with so many gifted students, inspirational teachers, and community-minded organizations and businesses,” Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard said. (click previous link to read her full remarks) “And I am especially proud and honored to represent the parents.  Your nurturing love motivates your children and helps them to realize their full potential.  I commend you for being their inspiration.”

Each art entry is judged on four criteria: originality, technical skill, artistic presentation and use of color and contrast.

The first place prize went to Johnell Hipol of Bellflower, a senior at Mayfair High School.  Her marker and pen piece titled Viva La Vida, will be exhibited at the U.S. Capitol for one year.  Johnell received a four-day trip for two to Washington, D.C. for the June 24th national exhibit opening and $500 spending money.  Johnell also won a $1,000 scholarship, a $200 gift certificate for art supplies, and $150 cash.  In addition, a copy of her piece was printed on two thousand posters representing the competition.  Her teacher, Mr. Dan Madison, also received a trip to Washington, D.C. and a $600 gift certificate for art supplies that will benefit Mayfair High School art students.

Five additional student finalists were also awarded.  Warren High School senior Brittney Dreher of Downey placed second with her painting titled, Highlight of My Life.  Brittney won a $750 scholarship, a $175 gift certificate for art supplies, and $100 cash, while Brittney’s school received a $500 gift certificate for art supplies.  Raylene Morales of Bellflower, a senior at Mayfair High School placed third with her piece titled, Unspoken Words.  Raylene won a $500 scholarship, a $150 gift certificate for art supplies, and $100 cash.  Raylene’s school received a $400 gift certificate for art supplies.

Julian Whitfield of Downey, a senior at Columbus Continuation High School won an honorable mention award for his acrylic painting titled Technicolor Vocal Vomit.  Victoria Parks of Bellflower, a freshman at Bellflower High School, received an honorable mention award for her painting titled Peace and Life.  Jamilet Bautista of Bell, a junior at Maywood Academy High School was also awarded and honorable mentioned for her pencil drawing titled United Immigrants We Are.  Each of the honorable mention recipients won a $250 scholarship, a $125 gift certificate for art supplies, and $100 cash.  A $300 gift certificate for art supplies was also awarded to each of the students’ schools that placed an honorable mention.  All of the finalists’ artwork will be displayed in Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s District Office for one year.  In addition to the finalists’ prizes, each school that submitted five or more entries will receive a $100 gift certificate for art supplies.

All 179 entries submitted for the 16th Annual Student Art Competition are currently on display at the Pico House Gallery at the historical Olvera Street site until May 24th.  El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, also known as Olvera Street, is located near Downtown Los Angeles between Main and Los Angeles streets and the 101 Freeway and Cesar Chavez Avenue.  Entrance is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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