5 finalists from county in Congress arts contest

Three students from Molokai High School and two from King Kekaulike High School have been named as finalists for the 2nd Congressional District Arts Competition, announced U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday.

They are among 16 finalists from Hawaii.

The Molokai High School students are Kierstyn Esteron, Eliana Kali-likane-Garces and Rizpah Torres-Umi. Marissa Goddinez and Rosemary Kulhavy-Southerland are the finalists from King Kekaulike High School.

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The overall winner of the districtwide competition will be chosen March 30 in a ceremony at the Hawaii Capitol. The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from all other congressional districts.

Gabbard also created a “People’s Choice” contest on her official Facebook page featuring all 16 finalists. The top three entries with the most “Likes” by the end of the day March 28 will be featured as cover photos at the top of the page.