Rep. Paul Cook Celebrates Art Competition Winners


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) will hold a community “meet and greet” to showcase the artwork of area high school students who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

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. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated nationwide.

This year Cook’s office received over 30 submissions from area high school students including Barstow High School, Hesperia High School, Apple Valley High School, Excelsior High School, and Silverado High School. Earlier this month, Cook’s office announced the following winners:

1st place: Giselle Medina
2nd place: Miguel Zepeda
3rd place: Ashley Maldonado
Honorable Mentions: Adam Mendoza, Darren Purdy, Brittney Adams,
Katelyn Rockowitz, and Megan Gillespie

Cook said, “I looked at each of the submissions personally and was really impressed with the level of artistic creativity of our high school students. It’s important that we encourage our young artists. I’m very proud of all of them and look forwarding to recognizing their talents.”

The students who participated as well as their parents have been invited to attend and the event is open to the public as well. Congressman Cook will be on hand to present the participants and winners with Certificates of Congressional Recognition at the event. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year. In addition, the second place piece will be displayed in Congressman Cook’s Capitol Office, and the third place selection will be on display in his Apple Valley District Office.

The community meet and greet will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 1 pm at the Green Tree Golf Course in Victorville. Light appetizers will be served.

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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