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St. Croix Educational Complex High School Receives First and Second Prizes at the 2024 Congressional Art Contest

L-R Shadeyah DeCastro, Ms. Danica David and Mrs. LaVerne Joseph (Field Representative for Delegate Stacey Plaskett)

St. Croix Educational Complex High School students have secured first and second place at the 2024 Congressional Art Contest. Senior Shadeyah DeCastro, a student in Ms. Danica David's Advanced Art class, claimed first place with her exceptional artwork. This prestigious contest, organized annually by the office of Delegate to Congress Honorable Stacey Plaskett and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, provides a unique platform for students to showcase their artistic talents on a national stage. Winning this contest is a significant achievement, as the first-place artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, shining a spotlight on the cultural and artistic contributions of the Virgin Islands.

It is worth noting that Shadeyah had previously won second place as a sophomore in the 2022 contest. Shadeyah, with her first-place win, is planning to attend the University of the Virgin Islands to minor in Fine Arts and eventually choose an art school. This is a testament to the bright future that lies ahead for her and a testament to the success of our art program. Additionally, sophomore Khm-Shawa A. N. Samuel earned the second-place award from Mr. Shakir J. Smith's art class. These two talented young ladies have brought great honor to their school with their impressive achievements!

Other students in Ms. David's Advanced Art class who participated in this year's congressional art competition include last year's winner and senior Zanyja Rodriguez, and first-time participants sophomores Mikayla Berg, T'Nyah Isaac, and Isolde Belle Diaz.


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