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OCM BOCES students honored in CNY Scholastic Art Awards


OCM BOCES art students earned honors in several competitive categories

Feb. 3, 2021

Four OCM BOCES students received special recognition recently as part of the prestigious 2022 CNY Scholastic Art Awards, which means their work stood out among 3,945 individual works and 118 portfolios submitted in the contest. Their work is on display at Onondaga Community College.

At the Cortlandville Campus, graphic design student Kayla Ellerson, a senior from Marathon, won an honorable mention in the Design category for her poster, “8 going on 18.” Senior Jessica Smith from Tully won an honorable mention in the Design category for her poster, “Horizon.” Their teacher is Tanya Komar.

At Innovation Tech, sophomore London Pezzella of Liverpool won the prestigious Gold Key award in the Photography category for her work, “Welcome Home” (shown below), and senior Luke Galle of Cazenovia won four Silver Key awards in the categories of Expanded Projects (“Where it all started.”), Film & Animation (“The Cost”), Mixed Media (“Fallacious faces of Identity”), and Photography (“Conflict of Interest”), shown below. Their teacher is Christine Alexander.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, founded in 1928, offers 28 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, fashion design, Expanded Projects, and more. According to its website, the awards “signify to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer.”