PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Awards Rhea Erice of Leilehua High School with Congressional Arts Award

March 31, 2013
Press Release
Also announces winners of “People’s Choice” contest Also announces winners of “People’s Choice” contest

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Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced the winner of the 2nd Congressional District Arts Competition in a ceremony at the Hawai‘i State Capitol. Rhea Erice of Leilehua High School was awarded first place for her pencil drawing, “Bathe in the Sun,” which is pictured above. Second and third place went to Marie Eriel Hobro (Leilehua High School) and Kierstyn Esteron (Molokai High School), respectively. Eighty contest entries were received from high school students throughout the district.

“This competition highlighted the tremendous artistic talent in every corner of Hawai‘i,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Our student-artists have an incredible gift to share, and the contest entries this year demonstrate the ability of our students, as well as the strength of our local arts educators. I congratulate all of the finalists and I look forward to seeing Rhea’s beautiful artwork as I walk the halls of the U.S. Capitol each day.”

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawai‘i and the country. The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from all other congressional districts. The first-, second-, and third-place winners received a cash prize donated by Matson Inc., First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, Central Pacific Bank.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also held a “People’s Choice” contest on her official Facebook page featuring all sixteen finalists. The top three entries with the most “Likes” will be featured as cover photos at the top of the page. The three “People’s Choice” winners are: Rizpah Torres-Umi from Molokai High School, Kierstyn Esteron from Molokai High School, and Eliana Kalilikane-Garces from Molokai High School. The first-place winner also received a cash prize.

The work of all sixteen finalists can be viewed here. Photos from the award ceremony can be viewed here

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