Apollo Art Students Win Congressional Art Contest Awards

Apollo Art Students Win Congressional Art Contest Awards
May 2012- Once again, Apollo High School had multiple winners in the Congressional Art Contest, including one student who will be flown to Washington DC and have her work of art on display at the Capitol for one year, Clara Kesti.

Clara Kesti won “best in show” in District 3 Representative Ben Quayle’s contest, along with first place in the drawing category of the contest. Her prizes included $700 in cash, round-trip airfare for two to Washington DC, and a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Phoenix. Other winners in District 3’s contest included Tatianna Jefferson, who won 2nd place in the drawing category, and Zaira Leyva, who won 2nd place in the mixed media category. Both girls received a cash prize of $195.

In District 4 Representative Ed Pastor’s contest, Briana Comer won second place, which came with $200 cash, a $25 gift card to Harkins, and a summer workshop at the Art Institute of Phoenix. Third place winner Gisma Daood received the same prizes, except her cash prize was $100. Ten other Apollo students won honorable mention awards, which came with a $25 gift card to Harkins. Those students were Catarino Carrasco, Zuriel Grijalva, Abigail Gamboa, Brianna Zamora, Diego Avila, Alexis Fajardo, Antonio Nunez, Vivian Ramirez, Nasea Valdez, and Nancy De Leon.

Since its inception in 1982, the Congressional Art Contest has been able to acknowledge more than 650,000 young artists. To be considered for the top award and the trip to Washington DC, students submit their works to their representative’s office. A panel of local artists then helps the representative choose which student should win the coveted prize.

Clara will travel to Washington DC this summer, where she will attend an awards ceremony and receive national recognition for her work.

Congratulations to all of the winners in this contest.

Clara Kesti
Clara Kesti's "Final Masquerade"
won her first place in the District
3 Congressional Art Contest.