Weekly roundup: Two OC students win top honors at Congressional Art Competition; Corona del Mar senior writes book on global water crisis; and more

Two Orange County students recently received top honors in the annual Congressional Art Competition.

Raymond Tran-Nguyen First Place Painting, “Unity” (L to R: Congresswoman Michelle Steel (CA-48), CMHS Student Raymond Tran-Nguyen)
Raymond Tran-Nguyen of Costa Mesa High School and his award-winning painting, “Unity” (L to R: Congresswoman Michelle Steel (CA-48), CMHS Student Raymond Tran-Nguyen)

Senior Raymond Tran-Nguyen of Costa Mesa High School  earned the People’s Choice award in the 48th congressional district, and Catherine Liu of Oxford Academy was recognized by the 47th congressional district.

Each student will have their award-winning artwork on display in the United States Capitol for one year.

The nationwide high school visual art competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

And here are some of the other news stories we’ve been following this week:

  • In related news, graduating seniors of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District took part in celebratory car parades throughout the city as part of annual senior graduation activities.
  • Effective Tuesday, June 15, face coverings will no longer be required in most spaces for Californians who are fully vaccinated, according to new guidance from the state Department of Public Health. But a handful of exceptions will remain, including indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings.
  • California teachers are now able to share teaching strategies and resources, and support one another on an online platform called California Educators Together, launched by the California Department of Education and Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation.
  • A new study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that when elementary-school children mask up and maintain some distance from one another over the course of the school day, a single infected child will likely pass the infection to fewer than one other student, on average, over the course of 30 days, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • And finally, after nearly sixteen months of living and learning through a global pandemic, high school seniors across Orange County are finally getting the chance to celebrate with in-person graduation ceremonies. OCDE Newsroom staff have rounded up posts from Instagram and Twitter in celebration of the Class of 2021.

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