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Northside College Prep Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

The annual competition gives young artists an opportunity to showcase their work in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

“Before and After” by Northside College Prep junior Katherrin Amber
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NORTH PARK — A Northside College Prep junior has won the Congressional Institute’s visual arts competition.

Katherrin Amber Billordo was the 4th Congressional District winner for the competition, which is held every spring to recognize and encourage artist talent. She submitted a mixed-media piece titled “Before and After” which depicts scenes before and after the coronavirus pandemic in Chicago.

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“My mom was ecstatic. She came here from Mexico,” Billordo said. “We’re first-generation [Americans], so she was very proud of me. The reason why she came to this country is because it’s filled with opportunities and resources. She was proud of me and my work and very grateful for this competition being available in the first place.”

Billordo’s art will be displayed for one year in the Capitol alongside winning artwork from students from across the United States. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Winners are recognized in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a Democrat representing portions of Chicago, congratulated Billordo for her creativity during a difficult year when many people, including students, have been stuck at home. 

“For the next year, every time I walk from my office to the floor of the House of Representatives to vote, I will be proud to see Katherrin’s work displayed,” Garcia said.

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