Art & Culture

Locals among winners of Congressional art competition

San Benito High School student artists were among those recognized in the annual contest
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Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) on May 11 announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition during a reception held at the Hollister Veterans’ Memorial Building. San Benito High School students placed second and were three of the five honorable mention winners.

“I am impressed by the artistic talent that these high school students displayed,” said Panetta in a press release. “I commend everyone who participated in this competition, and thank their family members, teachers, and mentors for supporting these budding artists.”

The winning entry was “La Vieja” by Korenna Fife, a Sophomore at Carmel High School. Her piece will be displayed in the corridors of our nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. Fife and a family member are invited to attend a special Congressional Art Competition ceremony with other young artists from around the country in Washington at the end of June.

The second-place entry, “Gloria” was submitted by Aeja Rosette, a junior at San Benito High School. Rosette’s piece will be displayed in Panetta’s Washington office. The third-place entry, “Playing with Time” was submitted by Seon Ha Yun, a Junior at Stevenson School. Yun’s piece will be displayed in Congressman Panetta’s district office.

The competition’s honorable mentions were:     

“Man's Best Friend,” by Saul Martinez of San Benito

“Panda Stare,” by Jasmine Ulloa of San Benito

“Panthera Tigris,” by Jenniffer Flores of San Benito

“Wisdom of the Raven,” by Elliot Wholey of Georgiania Bruce Kirby Preparatory School

“Divided,” by Cate Ogata of Carmel

BenitoLink Staff