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Hacienda La Puente Unified Students Receive Art Recognitions During Arts in Education Month

Hacienda La Puente Unified Students Receive Art Recognitions During Arts in Education Month
Andrea Torres

Los Altos High School (LAHS) junior Angela Shih and senior Amber Juarez are celebrating their recent accomplishments as winners of the Riverside Youth Art Month Competition. Both students were awarded for their distinctive drawings, now on display at the Riverside Art Museum, a hub for artistic inspiration cherished among local communities.

Shih and Juarez submitted their pieces through the school’s visual arts program, led by instructor Bertha Oseguera, who has taught at LAHS for nine years. The two students were among 10 others in their program and several in the region to compete. Shih was awarded a first place recognition for her piece, with Juarez receiving second place.

“When students like Angela and Amber create amazing masterpieces, it brings me immense joy, drives me as a teacher and inspires me as an artist,” Oseuguera said. “I love when students give it their all, they bring in their ideas and blossom in their specific style.”

Through the school’s art program, Oseguera joins the District in nurturing creativity among young learners and encouraging self-expression through art. Los Altos High School students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of art courses and clubs from freshman to senior year, beginning with introduction to art and taking a variety of Advanced Placement courses, including studio art, 2D, and design.

Shih, who’s drawing portrays a girl engrossed in her phone while enjoying snacks under the covers, was inspired by her comforting hobby for late-night gaming sessions. Shih’s said her art journey began in preschool and that her time at LAHS has provided her with an outlet for her stories.

“I love how art can turn your imagination into visual images for others to take in and enjoy,” Shih said. “I hope to create many more drawings I'm proud of this Spring and look forward to continue creating impactful pieces next year before graduating.”

Juarez’s poignant piece, titled "Comfort in Isolation," captures a man seated at a table while gazing through a window. The drawing was an inspiring interpretation of a photo of her brother, and explores the solace found in music during lonely times.

“I have been drawing ever since I can remember. Scribbling away in coloring books are some of my earliest childhood memories,” Juarez said. “My favorite thing about art is that I have the ability and freedom to create just about anything.”

Hacienda La Puente Unified is preparing to host its annual Arts Showcase at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Hacienda Heights Community Center. The showcase is designed to celebrate the growth and achievements of artists from across the District and will include pieces illustrated by Juarez and Shih.

“Congratulations to our LAHS art students for their beautiful works of art and this well-deserved recognition,” Superintendent D. Alfonso Jiménez said.  “At Hacienda La Puente Unified, we are honored to provide a wide range of enriching visual and performing arts programs for our students, as it strengthens their creativity and problem-solving skills, boosts their socio-emotional health and encourages our students to take risks and view the world from a different perspective.”

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HLPUSD_LAHS: Los Altos High School junior Angela Shih celebrates her win and certificate of recognition at the Riverside Youth Art Month Competition in March.

HLPUSD_LAHS: Los Altos High School senior Amber Juarez shows off her award-winning piece titled “Comfort in Isolation” at the Riverside Youth Art Month Competition.