(House of Representatives - June 27, 2013)

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  (Mr. COSTA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition 
has recognized the special power that arts have in students throughout 
our country. In my district, the art competition winner this year was 
Elizabeth Palafox. Her piece has a message for every young woman in the 
San Joaquin Valley. When describing her work, Elizabeth stated clearly 
that her art ``defines women in our Valley that don't give up on their 
dreams, and live large, no matter the challenges it brings upon us.'' 
Her mother, who raised her as a single parent, has been a strong role 
model and taught her firsthand the lessons of hard work and life in her 
own artwork.
  Sadly, Elizabeth could not make it to Washington to see her artwork 
unveiled this week. But she's watching back home. Her self-portrait is 
representing our Valley well here in the Capitol.
  Elizabeth, your work reminds me of the hope that we all have not just 
in your future but for the future of our women in our Valley and 
throughout our Nation. Thank you for showing your talent, and 
congratulations on being chosen as the art winner from the San Joaquin 
Valley in the 16th District.