Six student artists are finalists in competition

Six Maui County high school artists were among 16 finalists in the 2nd Congressional District Art Competition, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced Friday.

Each spring, a nationwide high school art competition is sponsored by members of the U.S. House to recognize and encourage creativity in every state.

The overall winner of the districtwide competition will be announced April 12 in a ceremony at the state 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 entry with the most “likes” by 5 p.m. Thursday will be featured as the cover photo at the top of Gabbard’s official Facebook page and its creator will win a cash prize.

The Maui County finalists are Oriana Buika, Ashli Black, Eui Yol Lee and Megan Matsuoka, Baldwin High School; Carly O’Donnell, Seabury Hall; and Heather Place, Molokai High School.

“The talent and creativity showcased by these gifted students from across the state of Hawaii is truly impressive,” said Gabbard. “I commend the educators and family members who support these students as they pursue their passion.”