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Congresswomen Linda Sanchez Holds 10th Annual Art Competiton at Splash!


Artists were from ABCUSD and NLMUSD high schools, La Mirada High School student places second.


By Brian Hews

Members of the La Mirada High School Symphony/Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band-with Director Geena Biondi (center-white blouse)-pose after their performance during Congresswomen Linda Sanchez' 10th Annual Art Competition held at Splash! Aquatic Center. The contest drew over 100 entrants. Photo by Brian Hews




Congresswomen Linda Sanchez held her 10th Annual 39th Congressional District High School Art Competition this past Saturday at Splash! with over 200 parents and young artists attending.

Also attending were Councilman Steve Jones, Artesia Councilman Miguel Canales and representatives of the two school districts.

The competition was held between the high schools in the ABC Unified School District and the Norwalk/La Mirada Unified School District.

High schools included in the competition were La Mirada, John Glen, Norwalk, Gahr, Whitney, Cerritos, and Artesia.

Vighnesh Iyer, a junior at Whitney High School in Cerritos, took first place with his piece titled, “Hopeful Eyes.”

Iyer’s piece was inspired by his work with the non-profit organization Students Travel and Exposure South Africa (STAESA).

Last summer, Iyer traveled to Ghana to help build an orphanage in the small village of Aflao. The children portrayed in the picture are still awaiting the completion of the orphanage. Iyer plans to return to Ghana this upcoming summer to help in the orphanage’s construction.


Top Finishers:

1. Vighnesh Iyer, Whitney High School, “Hopeful Eyes”

2. Joshua Ray Sanchez , La Mirada High School, “A Modern Mind”

3. Michaela Zanoria, Mayfair High School, “A Place of Wonders”

Of 144 entries received, winners were selected by a panel of local art experts as the overall winner from seven artistic categories.  Students from all over California’s 39th District participated in the art competition.

Iyer will travel to Washington D.C. in June for the official awards presentation of all

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