Valley Stream Student Artists Awarded for Talent and Skill

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Students throughout the Valley Stream Central High School District recently earned a number of prominent achievements in the arts. From awards to exhibit features, the students’ talents have been recognized beyond their respective classrooms and schools.

Four students were winners in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase. The PFLI, a chapter of the Photographic Society of America, hosts its annual competition for high schools on Long Island and in Queens. The winning photographs from the Youth Showcase are submitted to the PSA youth contest to compete on a national level.

Central High School student Grey Lancaster took first place in this event’s Portrait category and second place in Architecture. Dayra Santana, also from Central, placed second in Photojournalism and third place in the Scapes category. South High School student Kristen Seager was awarded first place in Color Photographers Choice category and Karen Alvarez placed third in Landscapes.

Valley Stream was well represented in the Heckscher Museum’s “Long Island’s Best” show as well. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the challenge, which invited students to submit for consideration works of art that they created based on original pieces displayed at the Museum.

Artistic works by Central High School students Natalia Bermeo, Nicole Noel and Kimberly Rambarran, North High School student Katie Eng and South High School students Ann Ballesteros and Ricky Vargas are among only 83 of more than 357 entries from across Long Island that were featured in the 2016 show. Nicole’s piece, "Another Pity," was honored with the "Best in Show" award. The selected artwork will be on display until May 15.

Central High School student Matthew Santiago was featured in the Art Guild of Port Washington’s exhibit, “Line: Through Thick and Thin,” and honored with the student award for his pen and ink piece "Untitled No. 3." This event will run until May 13 and features work from both students and adults that focuses on the expressive qualities of line.