Father Duenas Student Wins 2013 Congressional Art Competition


Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo has announced that Ralph Eurich Patacsil, a junior at Father Duenas Memorial School, won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Ralph’s artwork, titled, “Contact,” was selected as the top entry by a panel of local artists.

Ralph will now attend a reception on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium and Atrium in Washington D.C. where his artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol complex.

[Congresswoman Bordallo congratulates Ralph Eurich Patacsil on winning the 2013 Congressional Art Competititon for Guam, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Chrysler Showroom Cars Plus, Maite, Guam]

The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide high school art competition sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  This year’s competition was open to all Guam high schools and featured 50 entries by students from Father Duenas Memorial School, George Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Southern High School, Simon Sanchez High School, Notre Dame High School, St. Paul Christian School, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School.

“I congratulate Ralph on winning the 2013 Congressional Art Competition and I look forward to hosting him when he visits Washington, D.C. for the national reception of Congressional Art winners,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Ralph’s winning art piece depicts a very significant moment in our island’s history when the Spanish explorers met the native Chamorros on the shores of Guam. I also congratulate Ralph’s parents, Frederic and Marites Patacsil, and his art instructor, Emmanuel ‘Chito’ Santos, for their support and encouragement of Ralph’s artistic talent.”