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Congressman McCarthy announces winners in art competition for high school students

Students gather with Congressman Kevin McCarthy for a Congressional Art Competition reception Thursday, May 11, at Metro Galleries in Bakersfield, Calif. (Photo provided by the office of Rep. McCarthy)

Congressman Kevin McCarthy has announced the winners of the 36th annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students.

The overall winner is Christiana Macy, who is in 12th grade at Grace Christian Academy in Rosamond. Her work is called “Life of an Artist.”

Macy will have the chance to attend the Congressional Art Competition opening in June in Washington, D.C. Her artwork will also be displayed for a year in the corridor leading to the Capitol.

McCarthy released a statement while announcing the winners:

“It is always an enjoyable honor to recognize and celebrate the artistic talent our community holds. This is especially true when our students share their work, which expresses the influences in their lives and our community. Each year the participation in this event underscores how vibrant and engaged our community’s youth are in the arts. I commend all of the students who entered a piece into this year’s competition and encourage each one to continue to pursue their passion for the arts. Their work enriches the lives of us all.”


His office also announced awards in the following categories:

ALL OTHER MEDIUM

1st place -- Vincent Alcorta, West High School, for “Curiosity”

2nd -- Sandra Cerna, Bakersfield High School, for “Kitty Love”

3rd -- Nicholas Bruhl, Alicia’s Art School, for “ENGELish Teacher”

Honorable mention -- Daylynn Buntin, Tehachapi High School, for “Color Run”

PHOTOGRAPHY

1st -- Robert Russ, Bakersfield High School, for “Life is Good, All of the Time!”

2nd -- Javier Salgado, Bakersfield High School, for “Kern Canyons Natural Beauty”

3rd -- Rachel Hegle, Tehachapi High School, for “Little Slice of Heaven”

Honorable mention -- Rebekah Price, Tehachapi Valley Oaks Charter School, for “The Hanging Tree”

Honorable Mention -- Madison Soto, Ridgeview High School, for “Aesthetic”

COMPUTER ART

1st -- Cierra Cole, Tehachapi High School, for “Aboveboard”

2nd -- Eric Cortez, Ridgeview High School, for “Untitled”

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