Sánchez Hosts Congressional Art Competition for 39th District High School Students

May 29, 2003
Press Release
Lakewood -- Working to recognize the artistic talents and creative spirit of California’s high school youth, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez hosted her first annual 39th District Art Competition on Saturday May 24, 2003.

“The variety and talent exhibited by all the participants was impressive. It made for difficult judging,” said Sánchez.

Elizabeth Soltero of Lynwood won 1st place with her drawing titled “Terrorism”. Her piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Soltero and her parents will also be flown to Washington, D.C. in June for a national reception honoring each winner from across the country.

In 2nd place was Wilfredo Lopez of Lynwood drew a self-portrait. Nicholas Chung of Cerritos, who submitted a still life painting, was awarded 3rd place.

The competition was open to all high school students living in California’s 39th Congressional District. Approximately 50 students from 8 High Schools participated, including students from Artesia, Buena Park, Cerritos, Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, South Gate and Whittier.

“It is important to work to maintain the funding for art programs in our schools. Talent like this deserves to be nurtured,” said Congresswoman Linda Sánchez