May 10 Board of Ed. Meeting Honors Valley Stream’s Young Artists

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Students were applauded for an assortment of achievements in the arts at the Valley Stream Central High School District’s May 10 Board of Education Meeting. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich and Board of Education President Dr. Frank Chiachiere presented certificates to dozens of talented and creative artists who have earned spotlight in various contests and events since September. Also recognized was Central High School Assistant Principal Robert Milani, who was named Nassau County Assistant Principal of the Year.

A number of Central High School students were honored. Matthew Santiago won first place in the student category in the Art Guild Exhibition: Line, Through Thick and Thin. Natalia Bermeo, Paul Cuellar, Jalani Johnson, Nicole Noel, Paola Parola and Dayra Santana had their work featured in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show, and Faleine Mauril, Khalil Oliver and Christian Rosario had pieces displayed in the LIATA Art in the Heart exhibit.

Natalia Bermeo, Nicole Noel and Kimberly Rambarran had their work selected for Long Island’s Best Young Artist Show at the Heckscher Museum of Art, and Nicole won Best in Show. Natalia Bermeo, Ayanna Gittens, Grey Lancaster, Cathleen Liang, Aaraa Motiwala, Nicole Noel and Kimberly Rambarran earned a first place award in Senior High Architecture in the Olympics of Visual Arts competition.

Grey Lancaster won first and second place distinctions for portrait and architecture entries in the Photographic Federation of Long Island, and Dayra Santana received second and third place honors in photojournalism and landscape. Kimberly Rambarran and Cathleen Liang received third place and honorable mention honors, respectively, in the Art Guild’s 2015 Nassau County Student Exhibition and Competition.

Next, students from Memorial Junior High School were commended. Aleena Abraham, Regina Dela Paz, Haire De La Rosa, Yvana Jolie Frayneld, Paula Guevara, Juliana Hernandez, Malaika Khan, Christina Mui and Sabrina Solaman were featured as artists in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show. Maryam Bacchus, Amisha Mangal, Jennifer Marroquin and Hajra Munawar placed first in middle school photography at the Olympics of Visual Arts competition.

North High School artists were also celebrated. Carla Perez won second place in the Art Guild’s 2015 Nassau County Student Exhibition and Competition this past fall and also participated in the Congressional Discovery event. Nicole Cayotopa, Giovanni Guarracino, Dylan McGoey, Alena Moreira, Kashmiraa Pandit, Carla Perez, Anthony Pisano, Jonathan Stiven and Katelyn Zamot had work featured in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show.

Melissa Bormann, Daniela Crimi, Katie Eng, Noah Feldman, Kevan Lang and Danielle Nunez had their art displayed in the LIATA Art in the Heart show, while Katie Eng’s work was also showcased in Long Island’s Best Young Artist Show. Noah Feldman, Emma Gibbons, Jackie Hawkins, Tyler Kiser and Tiffany Praimnath participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts, and Tyler Kiser also took part in the Photographers Forum, for which he earned Finalist status.

Many South High School students were honored. Ricky Vargas earned an Award of Excellence in the Art League of Long Island’s Go APE event, and Nicole Ayora-Gonzalez, Wardah Aziz, Ann Ballesteros, Jamia Copridge, Virginia Maloney, Nazia Rhaman, Ashley Santiago, Lesly Tapia-Ramos and Ricky Vargas had work displayed in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show. Karen Alvarez, Virginia Maloney and Ricky Vargas participated in Congressional Discovery, and Maya Altschuler-Pierce, Nicole Castillo, Mariam Chaudhry, Alicia Mitchell, Gabriella Onesto, Nicholas Russo, Kristen Seager and Lindsey Smith were featured in the LIATA Art in the Heart event.

Ann Ballesteros and Ricky Vargas were honored as artists in Long Island’s Best Young Artist Show, while Isabella Secaira-Cotto earned a Distinguished Top Score in the NYSATA Portfolio Project. Kristen Seager placed first in color and Karen Alvarez placed third in landscape in the Photographic Federation of Long Island competition. Stephanie Bautista, Shanice Gosley, Taylor Santiago, Nick Tarrant and Ricky Vargas entered work in the Nassau Community College Honors Show and earned excellence distinctions in their respective categories of graphics, painting, illustration, photography and drawing. Eric Smalls was named a state finalist and special artist in the PTSA Reflections contest.

The district looks forward to celebrating event more excellent news in the arts, academics and athletics as the 2015-16 school year concludes.