Wu wins top Congressional Art prize!

Edward Case, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district, stands beside Clara Wu (11) and her artwork entitled “Bubblegum Chums” which won a top art prize on May 4. Photo courtesy of James Mosher.
Kalani junior Clara Wu’s drawing “Bubblegum Chums” won first place in the Congressional Institute’s art competition. The artwork will be displayed along with other winners in Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol. Wu also won roundtrip tickets to attend the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. as well as a scholarship offer for up to $3,000. Photo courtesy of James Mosher.

After losing a previous competition, artist Clara Wu (11) took first place in the Congressional Institute’s Art Competition on May 4. The award came with round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. and a scholarship.

The drawing took two-and-a-half months to complete and was made with a white colored pencil and black paper.

“I was honestly really proud of my drawing when I completed it,” Wu said. “However, I personally couldn’t see how good it was.”

When Wu heard her name called for the top prize in the first district, she was surprised and humbled.

“It just felt so surreal,” she said. “It was as if all my hard work paid off.”