Costa Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winner to DC

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Costa welcomed the 20th District Art Competition winner, Sarah Fanucchi of Bakersfield’s South High School, and her family to Washington. Sarah’s painting is of her mother’s official portrait when she enrolled in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18. Her artwork “18 on 18” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

“Every year our Congressional Art Competition allows our Valley students to demonstrate their talents,” said Costa. “This year’s winner, Sarah, is an example of the best in our Valley. Not only has she displayed her artistic talents in this competition, but her artistic talents helped lead her to academic success.”

From a young age, Sarah struggled with reading and math. It was only when a high school teacher at Bakersfield’s South High School recognized her artistic talent that she became excited about school. After this, Sarah’s grades improved and she began to excel in the classroom.

In an email Sarah’s mother, Carrie wrote, “Art was, and I suspect always will be, her refuge. It was her place to begin to shine, her place in school to belong and relax.”

Earlier today, Rep. Costa recognized Sarah for her achievements in a statement on the House Floor. He recognized Sarah’s perseverance to overcome learning challenges and succeed in the classroom.

Costa said on the floor, “As I welcome her and her family to Washington this week, I applaud Sarah’s artistic feat, but her perseverance through her challenges is what I find most impressive about this young lady. The art and life she has created is something any parent or teacher can and should be proud of.”

Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has honored the creative talents of thousands of high school students across the nation.  Local competitions are voluntarily hosted by Members of Congress in their home districts.  In June, the winning artwork is sent to Washington, and winners are invited to the Capitol for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Congressional reception. The competition receives over 500 entries every year.