Student Tops in Art Contest

Congratulations to freshman Yandi Wu, who won the prestigious second-place title in Congressman Jerry McNerney's 11th District Congressional Art Competition.

The winners of the art contest were announced Saturday at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy. The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Each Member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district.

Yandi's oil painting, titled Time is Ticking, won second-place honors. First place went to Amador Valley High School sophomore Shao-Ning Lu.

“The art competition is a great opportunity for talented high school students in our community to showcase their work in an art gallery and meet other young artists from the area,” McNerney said in a press release. “I'm always impressed by the talent and creativity of our students, and especially so this year."

The first-place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for a full year. The second-, third- and fourth-place winners will have their art displayed in McNerney's offices in Washington, D.C., Stockton and Pleasanton.

Other students who entered the distinguished contest are Nari Kim (2nd place last year), Jacob May, Jordon Crig, Dana Kim, Natalie Leesakul and Annie Wu.

Congratulations to Yandi and all of the other art students for their impressive talent.

PHOTOS: Yandi Wu's art Time is Ticking (top) and Yandi with her art.

Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2011