Alhambra High School Student Wins 2010 Congressional Arts Competition

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that Hetty Diep, a 12th grade student at Alhambra High School, won the 2010 29th Congressional District Arts Competition.  Hetty’s piece “Shadows,” will be included in the nationwide Congressional Arts Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Washington, D.C.  Her artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with that of other winners from across the nation.  Jonathan Shin, an 11th grade student at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada, and Wendolyn Rebollar, a 12th grade student at Pasadena High School, were named the second and third place winners, respectively.


“The quality of artwork submitted in the arts competition each year is extremely impressive, and this year was no exception,” Schiff said.  “All the students deserve recognition for their hard work and extraordinary talent.  I congratulate Hetty, Jonathan and Wendolyn on being named the winners and look forward to enjoying their artwork in the Capitol and in my offices throughout the coming year.” 

Hetty’s artwork was awarded first prize by a panel of local artists at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens yesterday afternoon before a crowd of more than 300 people.

Second place was awarded to Jonathan Shin for his work titled “Change.”  Jonathan’s artwork will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office for one year.


Third place was awarded to Wendolyn Rebollar for her work titled “Reflecting Pool.”  Wendolyn’s piece will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Pasadena office for one year.

This year, there were 60 entries representing 25 high schools in the 29th Congressional District.  Each student participant received a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congressman Schiff

The panel of local artists included: Peter Adams, who is president of the California Art Club and nationally recognized for his enigmatic still life, figure and landscape paintings; Guy Fish, the Art Education Specialist at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; Lyudmila Garayan, founder and Art Director of the Fine Arts Studios and the Royal Gallery, known collectively as the Xpress Art Center, located in Glendale; Joan Marshall, the Executive Director of Pacific Asia Museum; and Kellye Nakahara Wallett, a watercolor artist also known for her role as “Nurse Kellye” in the TV series “M*A*S*H.” 

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nation-wide competition.