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Valencia senior wins congressional award

Posted: June 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia High School senior Tyler Recchia stands with his artwork “Kayla’s Dream.” Recchia is the winner of this year’s Congressional art contest, representing the 25th Congressional District.

 

Valencia High School senior Tyler Recchia is the winner of this year’s congressional art contest, representing the 25th Congressional District.

“I am looking forward to having the painting arrive in D.C., so that others will be able to walk by the beautiful work, called ‘Kayla’s Dream,’” Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said in a statement. “The piece will hang in a prominent, high-traffic hallway that constituents from across America and members of Congress use regularly when walking to the Capitol. Tyler is an inspirational young man with a true gift for art.”

Recchia’s entry, “Kayla’s Dream,” is a vibrantly colored oil paint glaze collage on wood, with touches of pen and ink depicting a young teenage girl. Her face is set on a backdrop of wooden panels with images of owls symbolizing her wisdom.

It was one of 21 submissions in the district.

Recchia will fly to Washington, D.C., this month for the official ceremony scheduled for June 22.

The runners-up are: Valencia High School senior Allison Harada for “Teenage Wasteland;” Valencia High School junior Lauren Metelitz for “Love Once Forgotten;” Lancaster student Elizabeth Patz for “California Dreamer” and Valencia High School junior Skylar Sullivan for “Perseverance through Trial.”

Initiated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the program is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. As a result, the winning work from each congressional district is displayed in an 11-month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol.

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