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Students win Congress art contest

Arcadia High School student Peggy Luk won First Place in Congresswoman Judy Chu’s 6th Annual Artistic Discovery, a Congressional Art Competition, and AHS student Briana Shen won Honorable Mention.

The students were recognized for their achievements by Congresswoman Chu at the Huntington Library in San Marino on May 9, and were later congratulated by Mayor Gary Kovacic and the Arcadia City Council.

Following is information about the work of each young artist:


Prize/Recognition: $1000 scholarship and a paid trip for two to Washington D.C. to attend the National Artistic Discovery Unveiling Ceremony. The artwork will be displayed for an entire year in the halls of our nation’s Capitol building.

Background: Peggy has been practicing art since she was seven years-old and she dreams of one day becoming a medical illustrator. Like many great artists, she frequently uses art to express emotions that oftentimes can’t be properly conveyed through words or actions.



Prize/Recognition: $125 scholarship and her artwork will hang in Congresswoman Chu’s office in Pasadena.

Background: This young artist believes that art can be used to teach a lesson about the decisions we make and the consequences they create. For that reason she drew a piece that is inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb dropped on Japan in August 6, 1945.


By Scott Hettrick with summaries and photos provided by Viola Van in Congresswoman Chu’s office.

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