Guerin students win in congressional art contest
Joseph Renda Jr., a sophomore at Guerin Prep, received from Congressman Mike Quigley a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his artwork.
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:24AM
Joseph Renda Jr., a sophomore, earned a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition upon being named the winner of the 5th District Congressional Artistic Discovery Competition. Congressman Michael Quigley, whose office sponsors the contest, awarded Renda first place at a ceremony in April. His winning painting will be on display for one year in the United States Capitol Building along with the winning pieces from all 435 congressional districts.
Renda received the first-place certificate as well as two round trip tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington, D.C., in order to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony when the artwork is put on display in June.
Renda is the sixth student to win first prize since Guerin Prep became co-ed in 2004. The other winners are last year’s winner Matt Kopf, of Chicago; Agatha Waranka 2010, of Elmwood Park; and Elizabeth Pina, 2009, Kristy Alexander, 2008, and Christina Casey, 2006, all of Chicago.
Renda’s piece, an acrylic painting of a young man in black, white and gray with a red and orange background, was painted for Tom Susin’s art class.
Additionally, senior Prisco Sinfuego of Chicago, placed second in the contest and his painting of a waterfall will be on display in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman Quigley.
At the awards ceremony, Congressman Quigley presented all contest participants with a recognition certificate. In all, Guerin Prep had 14 students submit an entry for the contest.
The other Guerin Prep artists are seniors Melissa Cyrus, Nicole Ffrench, Eric Giovenco, Valerie Gorny, Matt Henmueller, Megan McCaffrey, Melanie Niepsuj and Coriama Rosario, all of Chicago and Hernando Colque, of Northlake.
Juniors are Alexandria Bojan, Alyssa Patzelt and Chemeko Smith, of Chicago.