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Bonamici Congratulates Beaverton Student Who Won District’s Congressional Art Competition

May 6, 2019
Press Release


BEAVERTON, OR [5/6/19] — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, announced that Jennie Cho, a freshman student at Beaverton’s Westview High School, has won the Congressional Art Competition for Oregon’s First Congressional District.


“It is thrilling to see talented young artists submitting thoughtful work that expresses their views, experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “I was impressed by the many beautiful and thought- provoking entries. Congratulations to Jennie Cho for winning this year’s competition, and thank you to all of the artists who submitted their work. The arts have a bright future in Oregon!”


A panel of expert judges from Northwest Oregon selected the winning artwork. This year’s judges were Leticia Juarez-Sisson, Chair of the Columbia County Arts Commission; Brian Rogers, Executive Director of Oregon Arts Commission; and Lani Faith, Executive Director of Beaverton Arts Foundation. The judges described Cho’s artwork, “Suffocating,” as “a very mature, powerful piece that calls the audience in.”


Three other students were awarded honorable mentions: Jacob Trunnell, a senior at Beaverton High School; Clara Johnson, a sophomore at Beaverton High School; and Enrique Marshall, a senior at Tualatin High School.


As the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Oregon’s 1st District, Jennie Cho’s piece will hang on display in the US Capitol for a year, along with winners from other districts.


Bonamici recognized Cho in an informal ceremony at her office. You can download photos of Cho and Bonamici here.


Bonamici is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, which advocates for the integration of the arts and design into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to encourage creative thinking and engage more students. The U.S. House of Representatives organizes the nationwide Congressional Art Competition each year.