BALDWIN PARK – U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano on Saturday named Baldwin Park High School junior Millyna Liu the winner of her 2017 Congressional Art Competition for her work “Off in the Distance,” which will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the coming year.

Liu also received an all-expenses paid trip to the Capitol to see the painting.

“We are so proud of Millyna for her success in this contest and for pursuing art as a means of expressing herself,” said Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza, who attended the ceremony. “I would also like to congratulate Millyna’s teacher, LeAnn Blume, for her inspirational efforts not only on behalf of Millyna but for all her students.”

Blume, a teacher at Baldwin Park Unified since 2002, teaches classes that range from introductory drawing and painting through Advanced Placement Studio Art.

Three students from Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School were named as honorable mentions in the contest, which spanned the 32nd Congressional District that Napolitano represents: senior Tam Do, for “Glenda”; senior Leslie Davila, for “Marvel Comic Fan”; and junior Eduardo Lopez, for “Horse.” The three are students of teachers Marty Wolin and Helen Zotos.

The contest, themed “An Artistic Discovery, drew 98 submissions from high schools across the Congressional District.


: Baldwin Park High School junior Millyna Liu, the winner of the 32nd District’s 2017 Congressional Art Contest, stands with teacher LeAnn Blume, far left, U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and Principal Anthony Ippolito.