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Nicole Moradzadeh, an El Capitan High School student, won this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

Her artwork titled “Give Thanks” highlights the hardworking families who are the foundation of California’s Central Valley.

Congressman John Duarte, who made the selection, honored here on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“Nicole has beautifully expressed a unique perspective through her captivating work. The piece resonates deeply, inspiring appreciation for our working families. It serves as a reminder of the power of art to transcend boundaries and unite us all.

“I chose this piece because it pays such excellent homage to the hardworking families that come to the Central Valley today to pursue the American Dream as so many generations have before from all over the world.

“I am here in recognition of Nicole to express my commitment to make sure that the American Dream stays alive today for future generations as it has for all of those generations that have come before.”

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