Los Alamos Artists Win Awards In 2021 Congressional District 3 Art Competition

‘Ancient Wisdom’ by Los Alamos high School student Elijah Phillips took first place in the Congressional District 3 Art Competition. Courtesy photo

‘Cafe Kid’ by Esperanza Chavarria of Los Alamos High School took second place in the Congressional District 3 Art Competition. Courtesy photo


Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández has announced the 2021 Congressional Art Competition winners for New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district. Students from 19 schools across the district submitted 65 art pieces for this year’s virtual competition. 

“New Mexico is no stranger to exceptional artists and it’s clear that the legacy lives on with these young creators,” said Leger Fernández. “Each piece we received blew the judges and myself away. I’m thankful for the work they put into them and for the art teachers across the district that continue to encourage and inspire their students.” 

“My deepest congratulations to our top award winners. Our first place winner, Elijah Phillips, created a stunning piece with just a simple pen and pencil. This fantastic piece of art makes New Mexico’s 3rd district proud and will hang in the Capitol for the next year.” 

 This year’s winners are:

  • First Place: Elijah Phillips, Los Alamos High School
  • Second Place: Esperanza Chavarria, Los Alamos High School
  • Third Place: Ayed Awad, The Academy for Technology and the Classics

The following LAHS students received honorable mention:

Amilia Duffy
Satchel Smith
Lanee Gunn
Jillian Puckett
Annika Fox
Isabella Manzanares
Corrine Nettleton
Robert Strauss
Madeline Anderson
Rachel Rivera
Kari Mason

Los Alamos Middle School artist Elizabeth Nolan also received honorable mention.