Eshoo Announces 18th District Winners of Congressional Art & App Competitions

June 6th, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif.—During a reception yesterday at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced the 18th District winners of the Congressional Art Competition and the House Student App Challenge:

  • Angie Kang of Los Gatos High School is the 1st place winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, whose piece titled “Inspiration” will be on display in the U.S. Capitol next year. Angie is also the recipient of two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to attend a reception with winning artists from other congressional districts across the country at the unveiling of their works in the Capitol.
  • April Chien, Claire Huang, Jolena Ma and Wings Yeung from Castilleja School are the 1st place winners of the inaugural House Student App Challenge with their app Trext, which aims to improve public safety by providing automatic location check-in for teens and parents. Trext will be on display in the U.S. Capitol next year and be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

“Bravo to this year’s winners of the Congressional Art Competition and the House Student App Challenge in the 18th Congressional District!” said Eshoo, who also serves as Co-Chair of the nationwide House Student App Challenge. “The competitions this year showcased great artistic talent, tech savvy, and, most importantly, enormous potential.”

“Adobe is honored to join with the other sponsors and our Congressional Representatives nationwide in recognizing the creativity in our young people,” said Trevor Bailey, senior director of worldwide education. “The Congressional Art Competition promotes creativity and innovation in our students, which Adobe believes are critical aspects in education for preparing our next generation of leaders.”

A YouTube video exhibiting the winning app can be viewed here, and a photo of the winning artwork can be viewed here. Photos of Rep. Eshoo with the winners of the competitions can be viewed here and here.

About the Congressional Art Competition

Since 1982, the Congressional Institute has hosted an annual visual art competition for high school students to recognize artistic talent throughout the nation. Attracting more than 650,000 participants nationwide each year to date, the competition calls for submissions of paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and computer-generated art. Judging in the 18th Congressional District competition is done by an independent panel of art community members.

The winning artwork from each congressional district is exhibited for a full year at the U.S. Capitol. Winners receive two round-trip tickets to Washington D.C. for the annual awards ceremony and launch of the exhibition. Each district winner also receives a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud™, scholarship opportunities from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and other contributions from national sponsors.

The national recognition ceremony and other events related to the Congressional Arts Competition will take place on June 25-26, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

About the House Student App Challenge

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school students from all participating congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education fields.

Apps are judged based on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winner from the 18th Congressional District, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.


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