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Issa Announces Sarah Nicita from Francis Parker School as the 2013 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Press Release
May 31, 2013

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) announced Sarah Nicita, a sophomore at Francis Parker School, as the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The 49th Congressional District winning piece of art entitled, “Double-Take,” is an acrylic diptych consisting of two portraits of a young girl.

“Double-Take” by 49th Congressional Art Competition Winner Sarah Nicita, a sophomore at Francis Parker School in San Diego.

“Since my first term in Congress, my office has participated in the Congressional Art Competition to foster talent and creativity in high schools throughout the community,” said Rep. Issa.  “The winning artists from each Congressional District will have their artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol to be seen by thousands of visitors each day.  The year-long display is a reminder of the enthusiasm and creative ability of high school students across the country.”

“I have always loved to express myself through art,” Sarah Nicita said after being named the winner of the 2013 Art Competition.  “I feel honored and privileged to be named Congressman Issa’s 2013 Congressional Art Competition winner.  I am very grateful for the amazing opportunity of having my art displayed in the nation’s Capitol.”

An independent panel of 49th District residents judged the student submissions.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 49th District.  Winners are presented with two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to visit the nation’s capital and attend an exclusive reception inside the U.S. Capitol honoring the country’s winners.

For more information about the Congressional Art Competition and other opportunities for students through Congressman Issa’s Office, visit




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