Crescenta Valley High School Student Wins Congressional Arts Competition

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Monday, April 28, 2008 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Crescenta Valley High School Student Wins Congressional Arts Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that Joanna Lee, a student at Crescenta Valley High School and a resident of La Crescenta, has won the 2008 29th Congressional District Arts Competition.  Ms. Lee’s piece titled "Whole Milk,” 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.  Jee-Shaun Wang a student at Mark Keppel High School and HeeSoo Chang a student at Burbank High School 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 Joanna, Jee-Shaun, and HeeSoo on being named the winners and look forward to enjoying their artwork in the Capitol and in my offices throughout the coming year.” 

Ms. Lee’s artwork was awarded first prize by a panel of local artists at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens last night.  Ms. Lee, one family member and her art teacher will be given airline tickets to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Southwest Airlines to attend a reception June 25, 2008 and Time Warner Cable will provide $1500 for travel expenses.

Second place was awarded to Jee-Shaun Wang, a Monterey Park resident, for his work titled, “Restaurant America: The Industrial Sandwich.”  Mr. Wang’s artwork will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office for one year.

Third place was awarded to HeeSoo Chang, a Burbank resident, for her chalk pastel drawing “Beauty of Grandma” Ms. Chang’s piece will hang in Congressman Schiff’s Pasadena office for one year.

This year, there were 64 entries representing 26 high schools in the 29th Congressional District, and over 300 people attended the award ceremony.  Each student participant received a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congressman Schiff.

The event also featured music by the award-winning South Pasadena Strings Program. Fay Kim and Dominica Park played the violin, Ariana Solotoff played the Viola, and Oliver Walton played the cello. All fours students in the string quartet attend the L.A. County High School for the Arts.