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San Mateo High School Student Wins Congressional Arts Competition

Congratulations to San Mateo High School student Lily Ren, winner of the Congressional Arts Competition. Lily won first place in Jackie Speier’s 14th Congressional District.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. High school students submit entries to their representative's office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capitol. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

As the winner of the competition, Lily received a trip to Washington, DC for an honorary reception where Members of Congress will recognize finalists from all 50 states. Her  artwork will hang on display for one year in the main corridor between the U.S. Capitol and House Office Buildings.

SMHS students had two place winners in the 14th Congressional District Art Competition!

1st place winner is Lily Ren. Her art will hang in Washington DC for a year.


3rd place winner is Emily Kan.  Her art will hang in Jackie Speier's district office for a year.


In another competition, a SMHS student won the Courtroom Artist Award.  She is Carina Holcomb.


Learn more about the competition.