WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION-TV) — A student’s photograph from Aptos High School placed first in the 20th annual Congressional Art Contest “An Artistic Discovery.”
Michelle Lopez-Rubio’s photo titled “Sacrificing My Father’s Hands” will be displayed at the United States Capitol for an entire year along with other Congressional District winners.
“I was shocked that my picture was even selected for the contest, and after learning that I had won, I felt honored and grateful,” Lopez-Rubio said. “This photo was meant to shed light on what field workers have to go through every day. To experience it first hand was very personal to photograph, but I didn’t think much about it at the time. J hope that this photo, which is attracting so much attention, can contribute to improving the conditions of workers in the field.
In June, she will travel to Washington DC with her sister to be recognized and see her piece on display.
“At PVUSD, we recognize the profound influence of the arts in education, and we pride ourselves on having opportunities for our students to explore their artistic talent. Kudos to Michelle Lopez-Rubio for creating such a touching piece that will be appreciated by the millions of visitors the United States Capitol sees each year. This is not only a heartfelt photograph, but also a strong representation of our community, and we are proud to celebrate this recognition,” said the Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools at PVUSD.
Two other students from Aptos High School also submitted applications.
Anna Spurlock submitted “From Within” and Autumn Zaretsky submitted “A Dog’s Love”.