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Panetta announces 2017 Congressional Art competition

Winners of annual contest will receive a scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C.

​Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced the start of an annual, a district-wide Congressional Art Competition for high school students. High schools throughout California’s 20th Congressional District are invited to participate by submitting up to five pieces of original student artwork. Exceptions will be made for schools that have seventh through 12th grades on one campus. All submissions are due by May 1, 2017.

The winning entry will be displayed in the corridors of our nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. The winner and a family member will also be invited to attend a special ceremony with other young artists from around the country in Washington at the end of June.

San Benito High School student Makayla Magdaleno won the competition and a $3,000 scholarship in 2016. SBHS senior Isabella Arreolo earned an honorable mention award last year.

The Congressional Art Competition encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of young Americans. Students are allowed to submit various styles and types of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces. The winners will be determined using criteria based on originality, skill of execution, excellence in use of materials and conceptual strength of the project.

For full details, visit, or contact Bertha Munoz, Congressional Aide, at 831-424-2229 or email at

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Submitted by (fabiha) on

DC is  a good place to see. 

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