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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Representing the 46th District of California


May 13, 2013
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) is proud to announce the seven area high school students whose artwork was selected as the winning entries in the Forty-Sixth District’s annual Congressional Art Competition.  In total, more than fifty students from local schools submitted entries.  


Loara High School student Torilyn Mundi was awarded first place for her work “Life is like a Song.”  Her artwork will be displayed for one year as part of a national exhibit in the Cannon Corridor of the U.S. Capitol building.  She received a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of California -- Orange County, a campus of Argosy University.  She also received two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend the national reception and ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place in June.


Second prize and a $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Eunice Han of Orange County School of the Arts, for her piece entitled “Vintage Time,” and third place and a $3,000 scholarship was awarded to Emmanuel Rugerio of Godinez Fundamental High School for his work “Mother & Child.”  Honorable mentions were awarded to Alexus Ruelaz of Katella High School, Lubna Kabir of Fairmont Prepatory Academy, Frank Cabada of Godinez Fundamental High School, and David Arias, also of Godinez Fundamental High School. Winners also received gift certificates for art supplies courtesy of AT&T.

The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges from the Orange County arts community, including Rick Stein, President of Arts OC; Pat Wayne, Deputy Director of Arts OC; Mike Anderson, Executive Director of RYTMO; Matthew Southgate, Art Instructor at Bowers Kidseum; David Lee,  Art Department Professor at Chapman University and University Curator for the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art; John Spiak, Chief Curator of the Grand Central Art Center; and Julie Lee, Director of Collections at the Bowers Museum.


“My heartfelt congratulations go to the winning students and their families,” Sanchez said.  “I am pleased to host the Congressional Art Competition.  It highlights the creativity of Orange County’s young artists, and provides a national platform for their artwork.  I’m honored to represent such gifted young people.”