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Rep. Bass Announces Art Competition Winner at Reception

April 23, 2017
Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a reception to honor the 150+ high school art competition participants. Over 200 constituents attended the art celebration, and saw those selected for awards, including the First Place winner, Elemmar Valle of Crenshaw High School. Elemmar will have her artwork displayed for a year in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and get to fly to the opening reception for all of the winning artists from across the country.

“It’s exciting to see the Congressional Art Competition in my district grow every year,” Rep. Bass said. “More and more students can see their art displayed in a professional manner, and can understand that we value their work and their courage in submitting.”
“I wanted to win last year, and when I didn’t, I poured all my hard work into this year’s piece. I’m really proud to have made it,” said Elemmar Valle, a senior at Crenshaw, shortly after being called to the stage as the 2017 Art Competition Winner for the 37th Congressional District of California. “I’m really looking forward to the trip to DC.  I’ve never been on a plane before, and I can’t wait to see as much as I can in the Capitol. When I graduate from Crenshaw High School, I want to study art education and minor in studio art.  I want to keep painting.”
“I had seven students submit this year, including two finalists and the First Prize winner,” Elemmar’s teacher, Ronda Brown, said. “I’m proud of all of them. The trip to Washington, D.C. for the opening reception in the Capitol will be an eye-opening experience for Elemmar.  I know from participating in past years that having their work displayed professionally and honored publicly is something my students remember for a long time.”

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