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NPHS Student's Artwork to Hang in U.S. Capitol

Annie Sun, a senior at Newbury Park High School, and student of teacher Jennifer Lee, has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District.

“I’m so honored to receive this recognition,” said Sun. “I’m passionate about art because it inspires me to challenge myself and shows me that creativity is limitless.”

Sun will be flown to Washington, D.C. where her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year.

This is the fourth year in a row a NPHS student has won the Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District honor.  Jessica Han, Andy Chow and Hana Sugioka were the past three years’ winners respectively.

In addition to Sun’s award, two Newbury Park students also received honorable mentions in this year’s competition: Josh Welcher, a NPHS junior and Katelyn Mehner, a NPHS senior. Their artwork will be displayed in Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s Thousand Oaks office.

Started in 1982, the nationwide Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is an opportunity to recognize and encourage student artistic talent across the country. The competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in California’s 26th Congressional District. The winner was selected by a panel of local judges.

A testament to the outstanding student artists, and overall art program at NPHS, Annie Sun also recently won Best in Show at the prestigious Westlake Village Art Guild Student Contest. This show is open to all Junior and Senior students in the Conejo Valley including both private and public schools.  It is very competitive and she took the highest award. 

Congratulations to NPHS and its student artists on these phenomenal recognitions!

Read Julia Brownley’s official news release about the Congressional Art Competition here

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