Burbank High School Student Wins Congressional Arts Competition

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Burbank High School Student Wins Congressional Arts Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that Daeun Han, a student at Burbank High School and a resident of Burbank, has won the 2009 29th Congressional District Arts Competition.  Ms. Han’s piece “Untitled 1,” will be included in the nationwide Congressional Arts Competition: An Artistic Discovery in Washington, D.C.  Her artwork will hang in the United States Capitol for one year, along with that of other winners from around the nation.  Lance Ridenoure, a student at John Marshall Fundamental School in Pasadena and Nicole Arkosy, a student at La Salle High School in Pasadena were named the second and third place winners, respectively.

“I am always extremely impressed with the quality of artwork submitted in the arts competition each year,” Schiff said.  “All the students deserve recognition for their hard work and exceptional talent.  I congratulate Daeun, Lance and Nicole on being named the winners and look forward to enjoying their artwork in the Capitol and in my offices throughout the coming year.” 

Ms. Han’s artwork was awarded first prize by a panel of local artists at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens last night. 

Second place was awarded to Lance Ridenoure, a Pasadena resident, for his work titled, “Food Fight.”  Mr. Ridenoure’s artwork will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office for one year.

Third place was awarded to Nicole Arkosy, a Pasadena resident, for her work titled, “Naples.”  Ms. Arkosy’s piece will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Pasadena office for one year.

This year, there were 62 entries representing 24 high schools in the 29th Congressional District, and over 500 people attended the award ceremony.  Each student participant received a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congressman Schiff.