The Random House, Inc. Creative Writing Competition
Congratulations to senior Michelle Kaplun whose memoir entitled “Just Gone Fishing” has received an artist recognition award from The Random House, Inc. Creative Writing Competition. Michelle’s scholarship award of 500.00 will be made to her choice of post-secondary educational institution. In addition, Michelle’s memoir has been published online at Teen Ink magazine
Just Gone Fishing
By: Michelle Kaplun
About This Project
A little over a year ago, Michelle Kaplun became engaged in the creative process. This, of course, is not surprising, since at that time Michelle was a student in an experimental photography course that I was teaching. What is surprising, however, is that the creative venture that Michelle pursued was inspired by an idea that was sparked in a photography studio, but was undertaken as a writing project.
Michelle wrote a memoir, a literary work that is concerned with the author’s personal experiences. The subject of her project is her grandfather, Sam. Her grandfather had been diagnosed with cancer five years ago and Michelle’s writing is an account of her struggle to come to terms with his illness and eventual death.
I feel as if I know Michelle’s grandfather well, through her creative efforts, after having spent nearly a year and a half of weekly resource center meetings with her, while she worked on her memoir. I am proud of her hard work and of the result. I am proud that I am her teacher.
Astoria Federal Savings
2010 Teen Photo Contest
Congratulations to senior Gitel Khoroshko and junior Amanda Shaffer for having been selected as two of the 12 winners of the Astoria Federal Savings “2010 Teen Photo Contest”. In this year's contest, 13 to 19 year olds were encouraged to use their cameras and their creative approaches to capture the theme, "From the Neighborhood”. The winning photos were chosen based on their composition, clarity, and originality in depicting the theme. The winning photographers each won a $250 cash prize, while their schools benefited as well with a $100 grant for their art teachers' classroom use. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on Wednesday, June 2 at the corporate offices of Astoria Federal Savings.
Face To Face With Young Artists
An Exhibition of Student Work 2010
Congratulations to Karen Perez, Christina Noskova, Rita Budnikova, Layla Almasadzhidi and Teddy Rungreang whose photographs were exhibited at the Winter Garden Gallery at Snug Harbor in Staten Island. This exhibition highlighted the best artistic practices by students and their art educators from districts 20, 21, and 31. The exhibit was on view during the months of May and June.