Professional Women Photographers Student Awards 2010

Congratulations to sophomore Christina Noskova who has received a first place award from the Professional Women Photographers 6th annual Student Awards competition for her photographs that she made addressing the contest theme of “water”. Christina’s images won in the 9th-10th grade category. In addition to her award of $500.00, Christina’s photographs were included in an exhibition of all entered photographs at the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery in Manhattan. The awards ceremony was on March 21st and the exhibition remained on view for two weeks. The Professional Women Photographers is a non profit organization that has been educating the public about the art of photography and supporting the work of women photographers for over thirty years. This is the sixth year of the competition which is open to all young women enrolled in a New York City public or private high school. Once again, congratulations to Christina.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2010

Congratulations to senior Layla Almasadzhidi whose photographs received awards from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2010 - NYC Regional competition. Layla received a gold award for her photography portfolio as well as six other gold and silver awards for individual images that she submitted to the competition. The awards ceremony and exhibition was held at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the Bronx, in April of 2010. In addition to the awards listed above, two of Layla’s photographs received silver awards on the national level of the Scholastic competition. The ceremony for the national awards was held at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on June 9, 2010. Once again, congratulations to Layla.


Photography Student’s Memoir Published Online

We are happy to announce that Michelle Kaplun’s memoir, “Just Gone Fishing”, has been published online at Teen Ink magazine.

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.

Michael Solo

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.

Amanda Shaffer Gitel khoroshko

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.