Latino Giant “Visions of Success” Art Competition Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Latino Giant partnered up with the IDEA College Preparatory School in Donna, Texas to kick off a new project titled “Visions of Success”. The project encourages students to visualize their future goals and interpret them through art. With the help of two honorary judges, Adrian Saenz and Moses Mercado, five paintings were chosen and will be placed in the office of Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), whose district the school is in.

The honorary judges were chosen for their close ties to the Rio Grande Valley. Adrian Saenz, from Brownsville, serves as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs managing the Obama Administration’s relationships with state elected officials. Moses Mercado, from Donna, is a Principal at Ogilvy Government Relations and has more than 16 years of experience at the highest levels of Congress, national politics and corporate lobbying. He has established an expertise in the development of public policy and managing effective public affairs campaigns.

As well as allowing students to express their dreams through a creative medium, “Visions of Success” recognizes educators who inspire and encourage a love for learning in their students. Ana Henggeler, Art teacher at IDEA College Preparatory in Donna, demonstrated just that through her work and dedication to this project. “I think it’s important to find opportunities for our students that will expose them to a world outside of our immediate community. It’s very seldom that you find a way to link art and politics, and this project has encouraged our students to learn more about the government in an exciting and fun way,” said Ms. Henggeler.

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IDEAs College Preparatory School students holding their winning pieces.


"I want to be able to make a change that will affect thousands of people for good," says Moncerath, a Visions of Success winner.
“I want to be able to make a change that will affect thousands of people for good,” says Moncerath, a Visions of Success winner.

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For decades, Latinos were characterized as a slumbering giant; large in numbers and potentially powerful, but largely apathetic and politically impotent. No more. Latino Giant seeks to awaken the sleepy giant and empower Latinos across the country to achieve the American Dream. For more information on this story, please contact