Congressional Kudos Crowns Junior Artists

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG)  |  Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Congressman Ami Bera (center) admired award-winning art from among Congressional Art Contest entrants. Jason Li (left) won third place. Erica Ui (not pictured) took second prize and Vy Nguyen (right) claimed first place.
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Congressman Ami Bera met contest judges and supporters: Carmichael honorary Mayor kelli Foley (left); Carmichael Chamber of Commerce executive Linda Melody: San Juan School District director Dr. Michael McKibbin, Chamber President Gabrielle Rasi and Fine Arts executive David Peterson.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Congressman Ami Bera recently announced winners of the annual Congressional Art Contest among Seventh District high schools. Dr. Bera presented awards at Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael.

Vy Nguyen (17) from Sheldon High took first place for a study called “Jade.” Second prize went to Erica Liu (17) from Mira Loma High, for her “FireFighter” painting. Jason Li (16) from Sacramento Country Day School won third place for his searching charcoal portrait: “Tell Me Why.”

The congressman claimed all entrants in his district were winners. “Looking at the art, I’m glad I’m not the one who had to judge it,” he said. “The talent on show here is remarkable.”

Overall winner Vy Nguyen gets a trip to Washington DC, where her work will hang among regional winners’ work at the Capitol. 

Sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the annual contest seeks entries from across the nation. In 36 years, more than 650,000 students have participated.

The second-placed winner’s work will grace Bera's DC office. Third-place art will hang in Bera’s Sacramento district office.