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Venture student wins congressional art contest again

'Sisters' to hang in U.S. Capitol for next year

A senior in the San Ramon Valley's Venture Independent Study School recently won U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell's congressional art competition for the second year in a row.

Quetzalli Alitzel Maldonado Osorio, a Castro Valley resident who studies through San Ramon's Venture School, was honored in a ceremony at Hayward's Sun Gallery earlier this spring.

Her charcoal work, "Sisters," was the panel of local judges' top choice among the dozens of paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and other artworks submitted by high schoolers across Swalwell's 15th Congressional District, which includes San Ramon.

"Sisters" will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and the young artist will receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C. to attend the unveiling ceremony next month, according to Swalwell's office.

The congressman will also recognize the runner-up and third-place recipients by displaying their works in his district offices: second place, "Joe the Owl" by James Logan High School (Union City) senior Jade Cabug, and third place, "Reaper" by Mt. Eden High School (Hayward) senior Jassimran Sra.

"Congratulations to the Congressional Art Competition winners for excelling amid such a powerful and varied field of entries," Swalwell (D-Dublin) said in a statement. "I grow more amazed and inspired each year at the breadth of talent and vision shown by the 15th District's young artists."

U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), whose district includes the northern San Ramon Valley, also held a congressional art contest in his district. Concord High School senior Ryan Shu was named the winner for his digital photograph, "The Golden Escape."

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