Rep. Royce Celebrates 2018 Congressional Art Contest

Rep. Ed Royce (pictured center) stands with student-artists during the 2018 Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony this past Saturday in Fullerton, CA.

 — U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) hosted the 2018 Congressional Art Contest Award Ceremony at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California this past Saturday. Over 200 local high school students from California’s 39th Congressional district displayed their artwork for the public, and awards were presented to two dozen students. A panel of independent, local judges determined the winning submissions. The winner of the online, public contest known as the “Fan Favorite” was also recognized with an award.

Before announcing the winners, Rep. Royce stated, “I am excited to once again be sponsoring this effort to discover our community’s talented young artists. For over ten years, my office has collected the finest artwork from local students and recognized the very best of our artists in Washington D.C. In support of our youth, I will continue working to provide opportunities that will encourage them to pursue their artistic dreams.”

Christine Zhou from Diamond Bar High Schoo(pictured below) won first place for her piece “Portal into a World of Dreams,” which will be on display in the Capitol for one year alongside winners from other congressional districts. Christine’s piece was also selected as the “Fan Favorite” which received 480 votes out of a total of 4,606 votes.

Christine Zhou (pictured front, center) from Diamond Bar High School was joined by her mother and DBHS Principal, Reuben Jones, as she accepted the award for first place from Rep. Ed Royce.

Maille Uyehara from Glen A. Wilson High School won second place for “Wake Up, Sleepyhead!”

Seokwon Lee from Buena Park High School won third place for “Me.”

Other submissions that received special recognition from the local judges are listed below.

(Student Name) (Title of Art) (School)
Photography & Digital  Sydney Ogden Behind the Blue El Camino Real High School
Jonathan Sanders Smoke Screen Fullerton Union High School
Leonardo Ramirez Prigionera di Primavera Fullerton Union High School
Zizhao Zhang Just A Little Smell Troy High School
Yinjie Hero Xu Pray Southlands Christian School
Xuan (Leo) Wang My Room-mate Alex Z Southlands Christian School
Best (digital) Yusi (Alice) Liu Bestfriend Southlands Christian School
Best (photo) Margeaux Lau Isabella Study Fullerton Union High School
General Category
Anet Filatoff Natural Beauty Los Altos High School
Hendrix Hernandez Little Cottage Los Altos High School
Elizabeth Medina Devastation of a well known moment Glen A. Wilson
Maille Uyehara Paint Myself American Glen A. Wilson
Victoria Kozak Keep the mind’s eye open Rowalnd High School
Yesenia Gomez Far Out Buena Park High School
Ashley Smith Broken But Not Destroyed Buena Park High School
Seokwon Lee Lion Buena Park High School
Youngsoeng Ryu Lunch Time! Buena Park High School
Maria Dominguez New Chapter Brea Olinda High School
Edward Zhang The Secret Garden
L.A. County High School for the Arts
Esther Lo Spirited Southlands Christian School
Best Conceptual Renee Kao Divison Ayala High School

All art entries were published on Rep. Royce’s Facbeook page and can be found HERE.

The Congressional Art Competition is a national contest organized once a year to give high school students the opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. All high school students within California’s 39th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their favorite piece of original art to the competition. The Grand Prize Winner of the competition receives 2 complimentary round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the Capitol Building, and is invited to an exclusive reception in their honor. Only one winner will be chosen for each Congressional District.


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