Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez Holds 4th Annual Congressional Arts Competition Reception and Awards Ceremony

May 6, 2006
Press Release
Picture of Winning Art Piece.
SOUTH GATE - To recognize and encourage the artistic abilities and creative talent of high school students in the 39th Congressional District, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez hosted the Fourth Annual 39th Congressional District Arts Competition Reception and Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 6th at the South Gate Auditorium in South Gate.

This year, Congresswoman Sánchez received a large number of submissions from throughout her district, which includes Lakewood, Cerritos, Whittier, Lynwood, Hawaiian Gardens, Artesia, La Mirada, Long Beach and South Gate. All of the submissions were displayed at the reception for public view in recognition of the student's talent and hard work.

"Every year I am simply amazed with the level of talent and dedication that our students put in their artwork," said Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. "Talent like this deserves to be nurtured, and I look forward to proudly displaying more great work from local students in the Capitol Building and in my offices."

The event concluded with the recognition of the top five winners including the First Place winner, Sam Fernandez. Sam, a Junior at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, won with his submission titled "Que Paso?" Sam was invited to attend the National Congressional Arts Competition Reception in Washington, DC, this summer where his piece will be dedicated and displayed in the Capitol Building.

A panel of local art experts selected the winning pieces. The remaining winners will have their works displayed in the Congressional Offices of Congresswoman Sánchez. They are as follows:

  • Second Place: Giovanni Vizcarra, Senior, Lynwood High School, Untitled
  • Third Place: Soojin Hong, Senior, Warren High School, "Vase of Flowers"
  • Fourth Place: David Scott Korson, Junior, Mayfair High School, Untitled
  • Fifth Place: Argyl Robertson, Senior, Gahr High School, "The Face Within"

Cerritos resident Jaymee Ngernwichit, a Senior at Whitney High School was last years first place winner. "When I won it was really good to know I could do something great; I never entered my work into anything before so it built a lot of self-confidence for me," said Jaymee. "The trip to the Capitol was mind-blowing. It helped me become more social and opened my mind to more of the world. It was also just a lot of fun." art_comp_winner.jpg