Toppenish students earn top art honors


Yliana Adame, a Toppenish High School art student will have her drawing, Remember, hang in Congressman Dan Newhouse’s Yakima office following her selection as a second-place winner in the 2016 high school art contest.

— The art work of two Lower Valley students will soon hang in Congressman Dan Newhouse’s district offices.

Toppenish High School student Yliana Adame was the second place winner in the Fourth Congressional District 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

Her work, Remember, will hang in the Fourth Congressional Office in Yakima.

Selina Villafan, also from Toppenish High School, is this year’s third place winner in the district art contest for her work, Madre de la Naturaleza.

Villafan has been offered the opportunity to have her artwork hang in Newhouse’s Tri-Cities office.

The winning entry, Soul Sisters, by Audra Coulson of Wahluke High School in Mattawa, will be hung in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning entries from congressional districts across the country for one year, according to a spokesman from Newhouse’s Washington D.C. office.

Coulson will also have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. to attend a reception sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which hosts the competition.

Newhouse said the competition gives Central Washington high school students the opportunity to showcase their artwork in the U.S. Capitol for thousands of visitors to see.

“I congratulate Audra for submitting her winning entry, Soul Sisters. I also congratulate Adame and Villafan, whose work will be displayed proudly in Fourth District congressional offices in Yakima and the Tri-Cities,” he said.


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