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St. Aloysius student wins national art prize

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 18, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Dong Phung, an 8th grader at St. Aloysius School and a student in Nancy Giese’s art class, has been recognized as the national grant prize winner in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)’s annual multi-media Youth Arts Contest. The diocesan CCHD advisory committee and Scott Cooper, Parish Social Ministry Director at Catholic Charities Spokane, chose Dong’s color pencil artwork from among 20 entrees. Dong’s artwork was then submitted to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the national competition. As the national grant prize winner, CCHD will pay for Dong and one adult to attend the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry gathering in Indianapolis in November, where he’ll be recognized on the main stage in front of 22,000 attendees. Dong will receive a $500 award and a local CCHD-funded non-profit group will also receive a matching $500 award. Dong’s artwork depicts four biblical scenes in modern settings. The narrative he supplied to accompany the artwork was written in Vietnamese and translated by Father Joachim Hiên, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Spokane. Dong has been in the United States since August, here on a student visa. He lives in the Valley with his older sister, who is married to a U.S. citizen and has small children. Pictured, from left, are Gene DiRe, Associate Director of Catholic Charities; Connie Smith, Consultant for CCHD; Scott Cooper, Parish Social Ministries Director, Catholic Charities Spokane; Dong Phung; and Nancy Giese, art teacher at St. Aloysius School. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities Spokane)


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