Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, announced Friday the winners of the 33rd Annual "An Artistic Discovery" Congressional Art Competition for high school students.
The overall winner was Jacey Cruz, a senior at Frontier High. Jacey created her piece, "San Francisco," with colored pencil.
"My piece, titled 'San Francisco,' is a colored pencil drawing of my friend Sarah," she said in a news release. "Many people think this is of a model or from a magazine, but it was taken by one of her friends while they were in the city of San Francisco on a trip."
She said she plans to pursue an art career, probably in digital arts. She intends to attend Bakersfield College next semester and eventually transfer to an art school.
Jacey will be invited to attend the exhibit opening of "An Artistic Discovery" in Washington, D.C., June 25 with her parents. Her artwork will be displayed in a corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol for a year. She will also receive two round-trip tickets to the exhibit opening, as well as a cash award to be presented at the district reception.
Awards will also be presented to those students who placed first, second and third and received honorable mention in the following three categories: all other mediums, photography and computer art. All winners will have the option of displaying their artwork in McCarthy's Washington office for one year.
Below are all other winners:
All Other Mediums:
1st: Nicholas Bruhl, Covenant Christian School, Lancaster, Pencil "My Grandpa"
2nd: Josiah Macy, Grace Christian Academy, Lancaster, Pen & Ink, "Winds of Change"
3rd: Gabrielle Jordan, Bakersfield High, Pencil, "Am I Pretty Yet"
Honorable Mention: Marissa Hatton, North High, Bakersfield, Charcoal and Mono Print, "Tea Cup"
1st: Laura Lanfray, Bakersfield High, "High Voltage"
2nd: Anthony Castellon, West High, Bakersfield, "Oculus"
3rd: Fabian Arce, Bakersfield High, "Barney's New York"
Honorable Mention: Laura Lanfray, Bakersfield High, "Visual Textures"
1st: Ana Reyes, West High, "Night Vision"
2nd: Katelynne James, Independence High, Bakersfield, "I believe.."
3rd: Giovanni Ruvalcaba, Independence High, "Mother Jay"
McCarthy received 161 entries from 20 schools in the 23rd District, which includes parts of Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles counties.
McCarthy also Friday announced the recipients of the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award for students in Kern and Tulare counties.
"This award is not only about outstanding academic achievement; it is also meant to recognize the character and positive values that these students uphold," McCarthy said in a statement.
The Kern County recipients are:
Austin Huckaby, Bakersfield Christian High; Patrick Crowley, Bakersfield High; Sarah Manges, Centennial High; Ben Ward, East Bakersfield High; Breana Garcia, Foothill High; Erin Glavin, Frontier High; Ryan Young, Garces Memorial High; Sara Baldridge, Highland High; Michael Cushine, Independence High; Mason Meyers, Kern Valley High; Morgan Wonderly, Liberty High; Jacob Allen, Maricopa High; Andrew Francis, North High; Gurjot Kaur, Ridgeview High; Pratyusha Gogulapati, Stockdale High; Clayton Wikoff, Taft Union High; Kyle Mathes Orr, Tehachapi High; and Casey Ross, West High.
McCarthy's office is also honoring inspiring local educators chosen by each student. In Kern County they are:
Jeff Ward, Bakersfield Christian; Kevin Reynier, Bakersfield High; Ryan Coleman, Centennial High; Kitty Hay, East Bakersfield High; Shawn Kunasek, Foothill High; Kenelee Henderson, Frontier High; Crystal Huddleston, Garces Memorial High; James Maddox, Highland High; David Green, Independence High; Carolynne Fandino (posthumously), Kern Valley High; Brooke Slayton, Liberty High; Debbie Myers, Maricopa High; Natalie Ryan, North High; Carla Rivas, Ridgeview High; Susan Walters, Stockdale High; Caroline Schoneweis, Taft Union High; Hollis Kimbrough, Tehachapi High; Debra Keller-Mitchell, West High.
The award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who've shown exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities and leadership skills and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Earlier this year, high school principals were invited to select one outstanding graduating senior per school to receive it.