Congressman Cisneros hosts Congressional Art Competition awards ceremony

First-place winner Maille Uyehara with her painting, “Go for Broke.” Courtesy photo.

Last Friday, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) hosted California 39th District’s Congressional Art Competition Award Reception. High school students from throughout the district participated in the competition and over 80 entries were submitted to the Congressman’s office.

“This is my first Congressional Art Competition and I am absolutely blown away by all the creative talent here in the 39th District,” said Rep. Cisneros. “The imagination, effort, and passion of our high school students continues to impress me. This competition was a great example of why art education is a vital component of STEAM education and how it serves as an important outlet for our students to express themselves. This year’s theme was a great opportunity for me to see the rich history of my constituents through their eyes.”

This year’s art competition theme was “Paths of my Heritage” and the Congressman asked students to focus on their own upbringing and how their families became residents in the 39th District. The first-place entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol for one-year and the rest of the finalists will be displayed in both the D.C. and district offices. The top five winners are:

  • 1st place: Maille Uyehara, a senior from Glen A.Wilson High School, for her painting titled, “Go for Broke.”
  • 2nd finalist: Christina Kuo, a senior from Glen A. Wilson High School, for her art piece titled, “Harmony Between Now and Then”
  • 3rd finalist: EeSeul Yim, a sophomore from John A. Rowland High School, for her art piece titled, “To Never Fade.”
  • 4th finalist: Yesenia Gomez, a junior from Buena Park High School, for her art piece titled, “Skeptical.”
  • 5th finalist: Elijah Laban, a sophomore from Buena Park High School, for his art piece titled, “Puzzled.”

This is the first time that Rep. Cisneros has hosted the competition. Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.