Frontier High senior wins congressional art competition

Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced winners of a congressional art competition Friday. The overall winner, Jacey Cruz, attends Frontier High School.
Bakersfield, CA- Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced Friday the winners of the 33rd Annual "An Artistic Discovery" Congressional Art Competition for high school students.

The overall winner is Jacey Cruz, a senior from Frontier High School. Under the direction of her art teacher, Jacey created her piece, "San Francisco," using colored pencil.

"I am always impressed with the talents of the young artists in our district, and it's amazing to see their creativity at work." Rep. McCarthy said.

Cruz said it's a drawing of her friend, Sarah. She said 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.

"It took me a week to finish this piece, a couple hours each day. Thursday night I worked on it for 10 hours straight, I had no other choice but to finish it before the deadline," Cruz said. "Overall I would say it was approximately 25 hours or so."

She said she's extremely proud of the piece, because she can say that she literally put sweat and tears into it. "Sweat because I was working fast, and tears because my hand was cramping and I felt like I couldn't catch up with the time," said Cruz.

She plans to pursue art as a career, most likely in the digital arts field. She is attending Bakersfield College next semester, and after her general education is complete, she wants to transfer to an art school, preferably in California to stay close to family. She says her dream job would be character creation or animation in the movie industry.

Jacey will be invited to attend the exhibit opening of "An Artistic Discovery" in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 25, with her parents. Her artwork will be displayed in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol for a period of one year. As the overall winner, 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, Third and received Honorable Mention in the following three categories: All Other Mediums, Photography and Computer Art. In addition, all winners will have the option of displaying their artwork in the McCarthy's Washington office for one year.

Below are listed all other winners:

All Other Mediums-

1st Place: Nicholas Bruhl, Covenant Christian School, Lancaster, Pencil "My Grandpa"

2nd Place: Josiah Macy, Grace Christian Academy, Lancaster, Pen & Ink, "Winds of Change"

3rd Place: Gabrielle Jordan, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, Pencil, "Am I Pretty Yet"

Honorable Mention: Marissa Hatton, North High School, Bakersfield, Charcoal and Mono Print, "Tea Cup"


1st Place: Laura Lanfray, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, "High Voltage"

2nd Place: Anthony Castellon, West High School, Bakersfield, "Oculus"

3rd Place: Fabian Arce, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, "Barney's New York"

Honorable Mention: Laura Lanfray, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, "Visual Textures"

Computer Art-

1st Place- Ana Reyes, West High School, Bakersfield, "Night Vision"

2nd Place- Katelynne James, Independence High School, Bakersfield, "I believe.."

3rd Place- Giovanni Ruvalcaba, Independence High School, Bakersfield, "Mother Jay"

Congressman McCarthy received 161 entries from 20 schools in the 23rd Congressional District this year, which includes part of Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles Counties.

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