Chu recognizes young artists

Representative Judy Chu of California’s 28th Congressional District recently announced the winners of the 15th annual artistic discovery competition. Winners are selected by a committee of judges that consider style, technique, originality, and creativity.

Tiffany To of Mark Keppel High School earned top honors for her work, “Year of the Rabbit 2023,” which honors the memory of the 11 people who died when a gunman opened fire at Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park on the eve of Lunar New Year. Other winners include second place finisher Hee Joon Lee of South Pasadena High School for “Our Mourning Portrait;” third place, Jocelyn Alvarez of Mark Keppel High School, “Revisiting Memories;” fourth place, Seoyoon Kim from Maranatha High School, “King Midas and the Worthless Touch;” and fifth place, Mia Lai of Alhambra High School, “Pulled Apart.” Honorable mentions went to Allison Wei of Temple City High School, “Fishing;” Sophia Atencio of South Pasadena High School, “No Sabo;” Claremont High School’s Emma DeWees, “On Strike;” Ava Martin from Crescenta Valley High School, “My Ultimate Finish;” and Faye Haslett from John Muir High School, “Up and Down.”

Information about DeWees’s artwork can be found in the April 13 edition of Claremont Unified School District’s bi-weekly newsletter, CUSD Celebrates at 

Works will be displayed at the United States Capitol building for a year alongside other winning pieces from the nationwide Congressional Art Competition. Additional selections will be hung in Rep. Chu’s Washington, D.C., and district offices. All the winners will also receive scholarships. 


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