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Christiana Kallemeyn, a senior at Grace Christian Academy in Lancaster, created her piece titled “Waiting in the Wings” using colored pencil as her medium.

U.S. Rep Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, announced the winners of the 32nd annual "An Artistic Discovery" congressional art competition for high school students.

Winners and participants will be honored at a reception 7 p.m. May 10 at Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. in Bakersfield.

Christiana Kallemeyn, a senior at Grace Christian Academy in Lancaster, created the overall winning piece, "Waiting in the Wings" using colored pencil.

Kallemeyn's artwork will be on display at the U.S. Capitol for a year, and she will receive three round-trip tickets to the exhibit opening, as well as a cash award to be presented at the district reception.

In photography, the winners were:

First place -- Iliana Moore, "Masquerade," Valley Oaks Charter School, Tehachapi.

Second place -- Bethany Gomez, "Pierced," Bakersfield High School.

Third place -- Bethany Gomez, "Beauty," Bakersfield High School.

Honorable mention -- Ulises Aldrete, "Lonely Leaf," Bakersfield High School.

All other media:

First place -- Danielle Schroeder, colored pencil, "Ebony and Ivory," Veritas Christian Academy, Lancaster.

Second place -- Michael Davidson, scratchboard, "Snoop Lion," Independence High School.

Third place -- Yanzhen Chen, watercolor, "Blushing Spring," Stockdale High School.

Honorable mention -- Heidi Lorelei Elliott, pencil, "Self Portrait," Frontier High School.

Honorable mention -- Jose Rodriguez, pencil, "Lion Hearted," Bakersfield High School.

Don Martin, owner of Metro Galleries, gave out a new award for the piece of his choice. The Metro Galleries Award went to Gabrielle Jordan, linoleum cut, "Deep in the Woods," Bakersfield High School.

McCarthy received a record number of 141 entries from 21 schools in the 23rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Kern, Tulare and Los Angeles counties.

Kern Valley High School student Victoria Scoggan will be receiving a Youth Award for anti-bullying education efforts at her school.

Scoggan will be honored at the Wendy Wayne Awards Dinner on 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bell Tower Club, 1200 Truxtun Avenue, Ste. 100.

The dinner is co-sponsored by Cal State Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics and Dignity Healthcare.

Also, the late Wendy Wayne is being posthumously awarded the institute's first Adult Lifetime Achievement Award. Her husband, Gene Tackett, will accept the award on her behalf.

Wayne was a nurse and advocate who devoted her life to humanitarian causes locally, nationally and in developing countries all over the world. She died of cancer last year.

For tickets or more information about the event, visit or call 661-654-3149.

Eight students from Kern County schools achieved honors at the National History Day-California competition , which concluded Sunday in Sacramento.

The annual competition focused on the theme "Turning Points in History" and brought together those students who had won History Day competitions in their home counties to challenge for the title of state champion.

Kern County students earned the right to appear at the state competition by winning in their category at the Kern County History Day in March, which was sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

The three winning entries listed below are now eligible to compete at National History Day to be held June 9-13 at the University of Maryland.

Group performance:

Miguel Vargas, Sadie Armijo, Stevie McNabb, Jake Beardsley and Dylan Pearson, Chipman Junior High -- No Turning Back

Individual performance:

Cassidy Porter, Fruitvale Junior High -- The Story Never Dies

Group exhibit:

Caitlyn Richter and Kaitlyn Moss, Fruitvale Junior High -- Drake's Well: The Ability to Drill our Nation's Oil. A Turning Point in Energy, Industry and History.

-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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