Queen of Apostles School student artist honored by CCHD

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Alexia De Costa, a seventh-grader at Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria and an avid artist, won first place at the diocesan level for Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s Creating on the Margins art contest this year.

De Costa’s painting, titled “Sharing the Journey of Young Migrants and Refugees,” depicts the importance of meeting the basic needs of migrants and refugees and addresses the root causes of the problems they face.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge met with De Costa and her family to talk about her art and presented her with a cash prize. He thanked her for using her God-given talents to help others. 

Her piece also won an honorable mention from the national CCHD organization, which awarded her a cash prize and a grant to benefit a charitable organization of her choice. She selected Pathway Homes in Fairfax, which provides permanent housing for those struggling with mental illness. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018