Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced the winners of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for high school students throughout California’s 20th Congressional District. The US House of Representatives sponsors this competition each spring to recognize and honor talented young artists from each congressional district across the country. The scholarship provided to this year’s winner was also sponsored by the Santa Cruz and Monterey Art Councils.
Santa Cruz County students placed first and third in the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for high school students throughout California’s 20th Congressional District. The announcement of was made by Panetta.
“The Central Coast is known for its vibrant art community, and we have a number of talented young student artists from local high schools,” said Panetta in a prepared release. “The Congressional Art Competition gives our students a unique opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity on a larger stage. I’m excited to display the winning piece in the US Capitol for visitors from across the country and around the world to see and enjoy.”
The winning entry, “Sacrificing My Father’s Hands” was submitted by Michelle Lopez-Rubio, a junior at Aptos High School. Her piece will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for a year. Also, Lopez-Rubio and a family member are invited to attend a special Congressional Art Competition ceremony with other young artists from around the country in Washington, DC, on a date to be determined.
The third place was awarded to Taddeo Mathews a junior from Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School. Matthews’ work, titled “Rose and Butterfly” will be displayed in Panetta’s district office.
Santa Catalina sophomore Eleanor Song earned second place honors. Song’s “Vibrant Daylight” will be displayed at Panetta’s Washington office.
The competition’s honorable mentions include: Carmen Diaz-Cashatt of Harbor High School, Maiwenn Young of Georgiana Bruce Kirby School, Carlos Delezene from Georgiana Bruce Kirby, Jaylin Silveria of San Benito High School and Dean Ballard of Carmel High School.
The following local students were honored for their academic achievement:
• Camelia Useldinger, of Santa Cruz, was named to the president’s list for spring 2022 term at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.
• Tucker Furniss, of Aptos, is a candidate for graduation for a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in ecology from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
• Owen Hedrick, of Bonny Doon, is a candidate for graduation with an Associate of Science in Agricultural Science from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
• Alissa Nolan, of Boulder Creek, was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Nolan attends Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
• David Friedman, of Santa Cruz, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Friedman attends St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
• Erin Busch, of Santa Cruz, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Busch attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign and Urbana, Illinois.