Molokai Student Among Art Finalists

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard News Release

Molokai High student Sonja Angst is among 13 finalists in Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s fifth annual Kaha Ki`i Second Congressional District Art Competition. Gabbard also launched a “People’s Choice” contest on the Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Facebook Page where the public can select their favorite pieces. A gallery of the finalists’ artwork is now on display in the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol. Each spring, the congresswoman sponsors the event to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawaii as part of a nationwide high school art competition with other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Angst is a senior at Molokai high and her finalist piece is titled “Girl in the Shadows.”
“I encourage everyone in the community to check out the art being showcased by these gifted students from across the state of Hawaii—either see the pieces in person at the Hawaii State Capitol, or take a look on my Facebook page. You will be impressed and inspired by their talent and creativity,” said Gabbard. “Our annual Kaha Ki`i Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity to recognize the creative abilities of Hawaii’s young adults and encourages them to further pursue their artistic talents. Congratulations to this year’s finalists, and mahalo to the educators and family members who have supported these students as they embrace their passion.”
The overall winner of the district-wide competition will be announced on May 13 in a ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol. The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from all other congressional districts. The second and third place pieces will be hung in Gabbard’s Washington, DC and Hawaii offices (respectively) for one year. All winners will be awarded with a cash prize.
The entry with the most Likes, Loves, and Shares in the “People’s Choice” Contest on Facebook on Thursday, May 11 at 5 p.m. HST will be featured as the cover photo at the top of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s official Facebook page, and the artist will win a cash prize.


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