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Congresswoman Sánchez Celebrates Youth Art Talent in 39th Congressional District and Recognizes Congressional Art Competition Winner

June 6, 2005
Press Release
Picture of Winning Art Piece.
WHITTIER, CA - In an effort to recognize and encourage the artistic abilities and creative talent of high school students in the 39th Congressional District, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-39) hosted the Third Annual 39th Congressional District Art Competition Reception and Award Ceremony on Sunday. The event recognized the hard work and talent of 110 young artists that submitted art pieces for the 39th District’s Annual Art Competition.

“Art provides our youth with an outstanding way to express themselves,” said Sánchez. “The talent exhibited here today shows the importance of funding for art programs in our schools. Talent like this deserves to be nurtured.”

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Sánchez contacted art teachers at high schools throughout the district to invite their students to participate in the competition. This year, Sánchez received a record number of submissions. At the reception on Sunday, all pieces submitted were displayed and the student artists and their families were invited to participate. Sánchez announced the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and presented them with an engraved plaque with other participants receiving certificates. The overall winners include:

1st Place Overall: Jaymee Ngernwichit, Whitney High School, Cerritos

2nd Place Overall: Minji Woo, La Serna High School, Whittier

3rd Place Overall: Nancy Rivera, Lynwood High School, Lynwood

Honorable Mention: Lauren Motus, Whitney High School, Cerritos

“I am delighted that so many incredibly talented students participated in the art competition this year. The variety and talent exhibited was very impressive---it made for very difficult judging,” said Sánchez.

As the 1st Place Winner overall, Jaymee and her parents will attend the National Congressional Art Competition Reception in Washington, DC to honor all winners from each Congressional District. Her work will be hung alongside the other national winners for one year in the U.S. Capitol. This year, Congresswoman Sánchez was appointed as the national co-chair of the United States Congressional Arts Competition. artcomp_giggles.gif