Art & Culture

Local students finish first, second in Congressional Art contest

San Benito High School seniors Jasmine Ulloa and Catherine Nordstrom were honored for their creativity, as was SBHS student Tyler Oelrich, who was an honorable mention winner.
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This article was contributed by San Benito High School Communications Manager Adam Breen.

San Benito High School senior Jasmine Ulloa was named the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, as announced by Congressman Jimmy Panetta on May 2. Catherine Nordstrom, another SBHS senior, took second place in the competition, and Baler student Tyler Oelrich was among the honorable mention winners.

Ulloa’s pastel and charcoal winning entry, “Wary,” will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building. She and a family member have been invited to attend a special Congressional Art Competition ceremony in Washington, D.C. with other young artists from around the country at the end of June. Ulloa received an honorable mention in last year’s competition.

“This competition showcased the incredible creativity and talent of high school students throughout the central coast of California,” said Congressman Panetta. “I commend everyone who submitted their artwork, and thank their family members, teachers, and mentors for supporting these young artists.”

The second place entry, “Joy,” by Nordstrom, will be displayed in Panetta’s Washington, D.C. office. That piece was created with gouache and watercolor. The third place entry, “Forgotten” was submitted by Sum Yne Guan, a junior at Santa Catalina School. Guan’s piece will be displayed in Congressman Panetta’s district office.

Tyler Oelrich of San Benito High School was recognized with an honorable mention for “Good Kid, Bad City”.

The competition’s honorable mentions were:    

  • “Empire City” by Lily Russo of Aptos High School
  • “Personal Monument” by Bryanna Lynette Mendez of Salinas High School
  • “Bad Hombre y Princesa” by Saraijah Juarez of Harbor High School
  • “Good Kid, Bad City” by Tyler Oelrich of San Benito High School


Founded in 1875, San Benito High School is the largest, comprehensive high school in the county, serving nearly 3,000 students. Our mission is to educate all students to their highest potential so they will have the greatest range of personal options upon graduation.