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Artists Awarded

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(from L-R) Katie Hecker, Rakel Rodriguez, Jaylun Umana, Alessandra Gavarrete, Valeria Romero, and Adrianna De Marco

Farmingdale students made a strong showing at the first Cornell Cooperative Extension-Nassau County art competition, held in the late spring of June 2021. The contest was juried over the summer by three professional artists who chose the winning submissions for quality of craftsmanship, design, authenticity, imagination, and overall appeal.

“To have six students selected among so many submissions is a testament to the strength and passion of the art department as well as the wealth of talent and commitment among the students,” asserted David Rolnick, President of the Board of CCE-NC. “We are grateful to their teacher Ms. Barbara Ginexi for encouraging their participation in this competition.”

The students are currently freshmen at Farmingdale High School but were eighth-graders in Ms. Barbara Ginexi’s art class at Howitt Middle School when they created their pieces. These six artists were selected to appear in the CCE-NC 2022 Gardening Calendar and Guide and were also featured in the “art in the garden” tour during the Family Fun Day celebration, held in October. Adrianna De Marco received a Gold Award for her artwork which is featured in September, Jaylun Umana received a Bronze award and is featured in May. Valeria Romero, Alessandra Gavarrete, Rakel Rodriguez, and Katie Hecker all received a Silver Award for their artwork which appears in a colorful collage on the back of the calendar.

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