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Since 2004 and running through 2017, Ward Melville High School art students have been offered a total of $18,796,636.00 in scholarships to attend college in the fall. The Class of 2017 earned a total of $3,574,700. Congratulations to the teachers and students.


Art Elective Information

Poster for 6th Graders (designed by Robert Rosenberg)
Poster for Incoming Sophomores (designed by Alison Waring)
Flyer for Grades 9-12

Congratulations to this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards Program honorees!

Alana Abesamis, Silver Key: “Self Portrait”
Giorgio Citarella, Gold Key: “Breathless Film”
Komal Grewal, Gold Key: “Mason Jar”; Gold Key: “Colored Still Life”; Honorable Mention: “Colored Still Life”; Honorable Mention: “Self Portrait”; Honorable Mention: “Wedding Dress”
Cortney Heaney, Gold Key: “Water Refraction”; Silver Key: “Double Exposure”
Astrid Vardanyan, Gold Key: “Morning Routine”; Honorable Mention: “Girl Tying Shoe”
Ally Wertheim, Silver Key: “Typography”
Cleo Watson, Silver Key: “Growth Digital Piece”; Silver Key: “Dead End”

Three Village International Artists

Sixteen district students recently earned high honors in the 2017 International Interdependence Hexagon Project.

The event, which is a visual arts program for students aged 4-18 worldwide, asks students to create a piece of art based on a global issue within the shape of a hexagon — a metaphor for interconnectedness. The students were asked to base their designs on the unifying theme of “Empathy: Understanding/Acting.” 

The district is proud to congratulate the following award-winning student-artists: 

Minnesauke Elementary School Winners: 
Mia Butkevich, Most Creative Expression
Michelle Cutting, 2017 Theme Award
Brynn Davenport, Most Relevant to Interdependence Theme
Gianna Hogan, Most Effective All-Over Interpretation: 2-D Mixed Media/Collage Created by One Student
Giulianna Pantaro, Honorable Mention 
April Poggi, Honorable Mention
Penelope Reynolds, 2017 Theme Award
Annabella Timpanaro, Honorable Mention

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School Winners:
Lydia Hsieh-Beatty
, 2017 Theme Award
Dylan Brand, Most Relevant to Interdependence Theme or Themes
Cherrie Lan, Honorable Mention
Natalia Newton, Most Creative Expression
Annie Ryu, Most Creative Expression
Riley Wohlars, 2017 Theme Award
Rebecca Zhang, Most Effective All-Over Interpretation: 2-D Individual Pieces
Julia Zhu, Most Creative Expression: 2-D Single Hexagons

Sharing a Love of Art

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School 2016-17 National Junior Art Honor Society members showcased their artistic skills when they were recently commissioned to create a mural for the district. 

The mural, now permanently installed in the seating area of the district’s Human Resources Office, features a view of Stony Brook’s famed Gamecock Cottage and West Meadow Beach. Twenty-eight student-artists worked on the piece, each completing a square for the mural using mixed media, under the guidance of NJAHS advisor Michael Sacco. 
Special thanks to Gelinas technology teacher Dean Kostis who helped with the framing and assistance on this breathtaking mural.

Senior’s Logo Design Wins Big

A proposed design created by Ward Melville High School senior Niki Nassiri has been selected by the North Shore Montessori School as the institution’s new logo. 

The design, which Niki created with the help of art teacher Cortney Weisman, was in response to a challenge by the North Shore Montessori School, which wants to modernize its look. The challenge not only enabled Niki to showcase her creativity, but also helped her gain insight into the client/graphic designer relationship and invaluable experience in the field. 

Niki’s design is featured on Montessori’s website and in its new spirit wear.  

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Student’s Film to be Screened in New York City

An experimental film created by Ward Melville High School junior Jamie Nagel has been selected for this year’s All American Film Festival, which will be held in New York City on Oct. 7. 

Jamie’s film, “Youth,” was based on a poem she wrote and will be screened in Times Square as part of the festival. Following the screening, Jamie will attend an awards ceremony and reception at the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Ward Melville student filmmakers have been selected for this high honor for the past several years. Jamie created her film under the guidance of Ward Melville teacher Stephanie DiLorenzo. 

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Art on Display at Crazy Beans

Media II students from Cortney Weisman's class have their student art on display at Crazy Beans II in Stonybrook, as part of a food photography contest sponsored by Crazy Beans II.


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