Shalala Announces Florida’s 27th Congressional Art Competition Winner and Congressional Student Recognition Award Winners

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During a Town Hall in Little Havana Wednesday evening, Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) congratulated Lena Robertson, the 27th District’s 2019 Congressional Art Competition winner, and several high school students who were nominated by their teachers to receive Congressional Student Recognition Awards from Congresswoman Shalala.

Congressional Art Competition


Each spring, the House of Representatives sponsors a nationwide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage high school students across the country to showcase their artistic talent.

“Rest” by Lena Robertson, a graduating senior at Palmer Trinity, will be displayed alongside winners from other congressional districts in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Created by scraping away the top layer of black ink from a scratchboard, Ms. Robertson’s piece depicts a young boy at rest. The entry was selected by local South Florida judges with extensive backgrounds in culture and arts.

“Miami is home to some of the most talented and brightest students in Florida. As an educator, I believe it is important to recognize students for creativity and artistic expression. It builds their confidence as young people and gives them the motivation to improve their talents. I’m thankful for all the entries we received and congratulate all the students for their accomplishments,” said Rep. Shalala.

Congressional Student Recognition Awards


Selections for the Congressional Student Recognition Awards fell under two categories: Most Outstanding Student and Most Improved Student. Teachers who nominated students for the Most Outstanding Student Award were asked to provide a statement detailing the student’s demonstrated academic excellence, community service, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Nominations for Most Improved Student were awarded to students who have dedicated themselves during the past academic year to improving their grades and pursuing academic excellence.

The winners of the awards include the following students:

Outstanding Student

  • Diego Alejandro Garcia – International Studies Preparatory Academy
  • Kyle Valdes – Gulliver High School
  • Isa Pena – Ransom Everglades School
  • Karina L. Bumpers – Coral Reef Senior High
  • Sarah M. Boyd – Arthur and Polly Mays

Most Improved Student

  • Victoria Andrade Somarriba – International Studies Preparatory Academy
  • Adianet Molina – Arthur and Polly Mays
  • Aya Hamza – Coral Gables Senior High

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