Two Venice High School students won first and second place in the 2005 Latino Art Beat Competition.

Jose Rojas won first place in the national competition and the Los Angeles area competition.

Felipe Morales won second place in the Los Angeles area competition.

Rojas receives a $3,000 college scholarship and Morales receives a $1,500 college scholarship. Both are seniors and will graduate from high school in June.

The Los Angeles area competition was sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Latino Art Beat Competition invites public high school students of all races in participating cities to submit artwork of various media.

Top winners from each city receive college scholarships.

“What Latino Heritage and Culture Mean to Me” is the ongoing theme of the competition.

Rojas, Morales, and three competition winners from University High School will be honored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Friday, September 23rd, in Hollywood.