Local Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

June 25, 2008

PITTSBURGH — The first place winner of the Congressional Art Forum was Woodland Hills High School Japanese exchange student Manami Kitazawa.

The competition has been sponsored every year by Rep. Mike Doyle for the past 14 years.

“I doubt that when Manami applied to be an exchange student in the United States, she thought that some day her artwork would be hanging in our nation’s capitol,” Doyle said of Kitazawa’s accomplishment.

Kitazawa’s artwork will hang in the federal Capitol building for one year beginning June 25, 2008. Kitazawa and her family will also be flown to Washington, D.C., to attend the unveiling ceremony.

In addition to Kitazawa, five other Woodland Hills students participated in the competition. They are: Amira Badran, Tessa Bauman, Kevin Brown, Joanna Krause, and Allie Solomon. Brown, Krause and Solomon received an honorable mention award.

There were 50 pieces of artwork in the show and 17 student artists received notable awards.