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December 3, 2023

Winners announced for 2019 Congressional Art Competition

Courtesy of Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s office:

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) today announced the first-, second-, and third-place winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

“I continue to be impressed by the creativity and talent of high school students throughout the Central Coast, and this year is no exception,” said Congressman Panetta. “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition. I am proud to have these pieces of art displayed in my offices and in the U.S. Capitol for constituents from our community and visitors from around the world to see.”

The winning entry, “Dos Mundos, Un Ser” was submitted by Itzel Rios-Ellis, a senior at Carmel High School. Her piece will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building. Rios-Ellis and a family member are invited to attend a special Congressional Art Competition ceremony with other young artists from around the country in Washington, D.C. at the end of June.

The second-place entry “Listen” was submitted by Amaya Gomez, a junior at Carmel High School. Gomez’s piece will be displayed in Congressman Panetta’s Washington, D.C. office. The third-place entry “New Love” was submitted by Indra Lyons, a senior at Aptos High School. Lyons’s piece will be displayed in Congressman Panetta’s district office.

The competition’s honorable mentions include:

-“Apathetic Sun” by Elizabeth Zavala of Everett Alvarez High School

-“Human Crackers” by Zaira Melano of Everett Alvarez High School

-“Tu Lucha Es Mi Lucha” by Athena Fosler-Brazil of Carmel High School

-“Lost” by Madelaine Jade Lee Hall of Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School

-“Extend” by Hanna Syres of Harbor High School