art competition
Top photo (from left): Rep. Charles Gonzalez, winning artist
Alexis Botello and UTSA President Ricardo Romo.
Bottom photo: "Bellarella" by Alexis Botello

UTSA, Rep. Gonzalez host 20th Congressional District art contest

By Tammy Fernandez
Administrative Associate, Office of the President

(April 23, 2007)--U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez presented awards for the annual Congressional District 20 high school art competition in a ceremony last week in the Durango Building Southwest Room at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

From more than 100 entries, Robert E. Lee High School senior Alexis Botello earned first place for her graphic image, "Bellarella." The work is composed of cutout pieces of paper.

High school students in the 20th Congressional District participate in the annual event hosted by Gonzalez and sponsored this year by United Parcel Service and Southwest Airlines.

Other award winners were Paula Wolff (second place), Irasema Riojas (third place), and Natalie Mueller (fourth place). All participants are students at Robert E. Lee High School.

Judges for the competition were Arturo Almeida, UTSA art specialist; Humberto Saldana, architect of the UTSA Downtown Campus; and Maria de Leon, artist and executive director of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

The first-place award includes round-trip airfare for three to Washington, D.C., provided by Southwest Airlines and scholarship money provided by UPS. Additionally, the first-place winner's artwork will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol.

At the ceremony, Alexis Botello's teacher, Linda Mittler, said, "She deserved it. She is a very talented student."

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