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23 Students Honored at Garamendi’s High School Art Competition

June 15, 2021
Press Release

California’s 3rd Congressional District—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted his annual Congressional High School Art Competition, featuring the works of 23 students throughout the 3rd Congressional District. The virtual event celebrated the remarkable talents of young artists in our region and the teachers, parents, and mentors who encourage them.

This year’s first-place winner was Fayola Fayusi of Armijo High School in Fairfield for her piece, “Heroes Like Me.” Fayola’s work will be featured at an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol for a year, and she won a pair of plane tickets to travel to Washington, DC to attend a ceremony with the winners from Congressional Districts across the country.

This year’s runner-up was Alexandra Gionco of Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts for her piece, “Love Us Like You Love Our Food.” Alexandra’s work will be featured in the Congressman’s Washington, DC office for a year.

“Every year, I’m always amazed by the incredible talent and quality of art we receive for the Congressional High School Art Competition,” Garamendi said. “Congratulations to Fayola Fayusi, Alexandra Gionco, and all of our county winners.

“This competition is a team effort. Our panel of independent judges performed the tough task of narrowing down the winners. Teachers, parents, and mentors worked behind the scenes to offer encouragement, advice, and inspiration. And most importantly, these students knew they were artists and photographers with something important to say. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition,” Garamendi concluded.

A complete list of winners and submissions is below with links to the pieces:

Grand Prize Winner

Heroes Like Me

Fayola Fayusi, Fairfield 

Armijo High School

Runner Up

Love Us Like You Love Our Food

Alexandra Gionco, Yuba City

Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts

Colusa County Winner

Passing By

Mia Espino, Colusa

Sutter Union High School

Lake County Winner

Shadow of a Bear

Maya Aceves, Nice

Cava @ Sonoma

Sacramento Winner

Despair

Nathan Gonsalves, Rio Linda

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep

Solano County Winner

Internal Vision

Karla Verdin, Dixon

Davis Senior High School

Sutter County Winner

Unable to Recall

Hunter Hudson-Gessford, Yuba City

Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts

Yolo County Winner

Rainbow Waters

Aricia Huo, Davis

Davis Senior High School

Yuba County Winner

Daisies

Hope Cross, Olivehurst

Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts

Participants

Room Without A View

Amy Martinez, Marysville

Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts

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Don’t Be Suspicious…

Kevin Briceno, Olivehurst

Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts

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Generation’s Past

Kaydence Whitaker, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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Poppy Flower

Laura Anderson, Meridian

Sutter Union High School

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Grow Through What You Go Through

Bailey White, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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America

Holly Taylor, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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The Perspective of ‘Monsters’ and ‘Humans’

Alyssa Toche, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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Imaginary Giraffe

Hannah Tucker, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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Dream

Zoey Ryan, Sutter

Sutter Union High School

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Midnight Cabin

Emmaly Scott, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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Body, Crazy, Curvy, Wavy

Janis Martinez, Yuba City

Sutter Union High School

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Just Staring into the Distance” 

Aricia Huo, Davis

Davis Senior High School

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Compassion to a Fallen Brother

Angela Delgado, Marysville

Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts