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Roybal-Allard honors student art contest winners

COMMERCE — Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard has announced winners of the 23rd annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition, open to all high school age youths in her congressional district.

The first-place winner was Luis Angel Calderon for his digital photo titledPondering Innocence.” He is a junior at Paramount High School. His instructor is Ernesto Jacobo.

Alfonso Hernandez, a senior at Warren High School in Downey, won second place for “Keeping Busy,” a black and white traditional photo. His instructor is George Redfox.

Juan Serrano, a Paramount High School sophomore, won third place for “Art Is a Universal Phenomenon,” a work created with watercolors and colored pencils.

Honorable mention went to Luis A. Fuentes, a Paramount High School senior, for “Under the Moonlight,” an image using pencils, watercolors, and tempera paint.

Juan R. Navarro is the instructor for Serrano and Fuentes.

The People’s Choice Award winner was Briana Medina, a Downey High School senior, for her charcoal drawing titled “Unknown.” Her instructor is Darrelle Nikaj.

The 66 entries submitted for the art competition were judged on originality, technical skill, artistic presentation, and use of color and contrast, a Roybal-Allard spokesperson said.

For winning first place, Calderon will receive a $1,000 scholarship, $200 for art supplies, a trip to Washington, D.C., for himself and a parent to attend the national exhibit opening of student art works; and $500 for travel expenses.

Calderon’s entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, while the remaining winning students will have their artwork displayed in Roybal-Allard’s district office in Commerce, the spokesperson said.

Hernandez will receive a $750 scholarship and $175 for art supplies for second place.

For third place, Serrano will receive a $500 scholarship and $150 for art supplies.

Fuentes and Briana Medina will each receive a $250 scholarship and $125 for art supplies.

Each winner’s school is eligible to receive a gift card to purchase supplies to advance their art programs.  In addition, schools with five or more entries are eligible to receive $100 for art supplies, the spokesperson said.