Congresswoman Grace Meng honored Forest Hills student Sophia Cui in Washington, D.C. for her annual Sixth Congressional District Art Contest.
The competition draws submissions from students at high schools throughout Queens. It’s part of a national Congressional art contest to showcase artwork from high school students.
Cui’s winning work, called “Memories in Corona Park,” will now be displayed for one year inside the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Sophia to Washington and I congratulate her for winning this year’s competition,” Meng said. “She is a talented young artist and her winning piece will proudly represent our Congressional district in Washington.”
Cui, a student at Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills, will be going into her senior year in September. By winning the contest, she and other competition winners all received a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
“It is an honor to have been selected as the winner of Congresswoman Meng’s art contest,” Cui said. “Having my artwork displayed in the Capitol and coming to Washington for the art competition ceremony was an incredible experience that I will never forget.”
A total of 40 students from 10 high schools participated in the contest this year.
The contest included three runners-up, whose work will also be displayed:
- First Runner-up: Vellia Zhou of Bayside and Hunter College High School
- Artwork will be displayed at Meng’s Washington office
- Second Runner-up: Patricia Delgado of Corona and Newtown High School
- Artwork will be displayed a Meng’s Flushing office
- Third Runner-up: Kurt Juanillo of Woodside and Maspeth High School
- Artwork will be displayed at Meng’s Forest Hills office