BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Elmhurst student Samiya Fagun was honored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) for winning the Fourth Annual Congressional District art contest in Washington, D.C.
Fagun, a recent graduate from Newtown High School and future City College of New York freshman, will now have her winning watercolor drawing entitled “Moments of Life,” along with other winning pieces from art contests in Congressional districts throughout the country, will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a corridor of the U.S. Capitol.
“It was an honor to welcome Samiya to Washington and I once again congratulate her for winning this competitive contest,” said Meng. “She is a very talented young lady and her artwork represents our district well in the nation’s capital. She has a bright future and I wish her nothing but the best.”
Not only will Fagun’s art pieces be presented for thousands to see, but she was also awarded an “Outstanding Achievement Award,” which was signed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
The Congressional district art contest is part of “An Artistic Discovery,” which is a national art contest that showcases the artwork of all Congressional district art contest winners from across the nation and is sponsored each year by the House of Representatives.
This year, 46 students from 13 Queens high schools participated in the contest and according to Meng, the number of participants are driven by teachers and administration.
Although Fagun won the big prize, Meng presented all the participants with certificates of Congressional recognition. For one year, she will display the artwork of the first runner-up in her Washington Office and display the artwork of the second runner-up in her Flushing office.
“We asked all the students to send in artwork that expresses a part of their life and journey and I am so pleased with the turn out,” Meng told the Queens Tribune.
In April, Meng held a reception at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with all of the submitted artwork on display. In attendance were all the contestants, their families, art teachers, principals and school administrators. It was during that reception that she announced Fagun as the winner of the contest.
“Part of my job is to bring the Congress closer to my constituents,” said Meng. “We want students to know about the contest and to participate so that people all over the country can see our talents and appreciate it.”
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