Arroyo High Student Wins First Place in Congressional Art Competition

Photo: Courtesy Office of Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano.

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

Arroyo High School student Nhi Pham was awarded first place in this year’s 32nd Congressional District annual Congressional Artistic Discovery Art Competition for her work entitled “Windy.”  The nationwide high school art competition, open to all high school students, is sponsored by the Congressional Institute.  Members of the U.S. House of Representatives conduct the competition within their respective districts.
“I am extremely excited and proud to be chosen among all of the amazing artists in our area,” Pham said. “I look forward to seeing all of the other artwork that has been selected across the nation.”
Pham’s entry was one of more than 200 pieces entered in this year’s competition representing 16 high schools throughout the 32nd Congressional District.  The winners were selected by district artists.
Pham’s winning piece will be on display for the next year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building along with other winning artworks from students across the country.
“Our San Gabriel Valley has a tremendous number of talented young artists,” Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano said. “It is critical that we give these promising youngsters academic programs and scholarships to help them fully develop their talent.  Thank you to all of the supportive teachers and parents for encouraging these young artists to express themselves creatively.  We congratulate all of our students and are so proud to have their artwork represent our district.”
Pham, along with first prize winners throughout the nation, will be flown to Washington DC courtesy of Southwest Airlines, where each student will be acknowledged at a reception in their honor.
“We are very proud of Nhi Pham on this accomplishment,” said Arroyo High School Principal Angie Gonzales.  “She is just one of the many talented students we have at Arroyo High School.”
Arroyo High School students Ruby Mendiola received a Judge’s Choice Award for her entry, “Midnight Howl,” and Alrene Cruz an honorable mention.  El Monte High School student Julie Hang was a top three finalist for her entry “George Washington” and also received an honorable mention for “Self Portrait.”

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