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Commerce, CA, May 14, 2018 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) is pleased to announce the winners of the 25th Annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition.  “It is always a joy to honor the great work of our 40th District student artists at the Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard.  “They have dazzled us with their talent, and we are grateful to them for their courage and willingness to share that talent with our community.  To every one of them, we offer our most sincere thanks, appreciation, and congratulations.
"On this, the competition's 25th anniversary, I am pleased to also celebrate the many individuals who have played a role in our competition over the years, including the student artists, their teachers and families, committee chairs, committee members, sponsors, judges, emcees, staff, interns, and volunteers.  I am proud that other congressional offices look to our competition and awards program as a model, and that supporters of other art competitions have told me our event is the best in the country.  That is a credit to the talent and dedication of our amazing artists, and to all who have worked hard to make our art competition a success, year after year.  I thank them all."
This year’s First Place winner was Noah Endo, a senior at Paramount High School, for his piece titled A Growing Threat, created with color pencil, marker, and pen.  His instructor is Juan NavarroAndres Flores, a senior at Downey High School, won Second Place for Unknown Wilting, created with acrylic paint, color pencil, marker, and watercolor.  Darrelle Nikaj is his instructor.
Susana Muñoz, a Paramount High School senior, won Third Place for her color pencil piece titled Mother Nature.  Her instructor is Juan NavarroSamantha Ayala, a Dr. Maya Angelou High School senior, won Honorable Mention for her acrylic paint artwork Colorful Soul.  Her instructor is Valerie Davidson.
The People’s Choice Award winner was Donna Clarissa Medina Lozada, a Bell High School junior, for her watercolor and color pencil artwork titled Escape.  Her instructor is Freder Pastora.
The 139 entries submitted for the art competition were judged on originality, technical skill, artistic presentation, and use of color and contrast.
For winning First Place, Noah Endo 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.  Noah 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.  In addition, 1,000 posters featuring Noah’s artwork have been printed, and copies will be distributed to schools and community organizations throughout the 40th Congressional District to inspire other young artists to participate in next year’s competition.
Andres Flores will receive a $750 scholarship and $175 for art supplies.  Susana Muñoz will receive a $500 scholarship and $150 for art supplies.  Samantha Ayala and Donna Clarissa Medina Lozada 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.
Friday’s awards program at Citadel Outlets also featured inspiring and motivating remarks by several past competition winners: 1994 First Place winner Fabian Debora, 1998 First Place winner Daniel Gonzalez, and 2017 First Place winner Rebeka Martinez.

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Tags: Education