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Two Cortland Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards

Neil Patrick Harris Artwork

Cortland Senior High School and Cortland Junior High School are excited to announce that two students, twelfth grader Maya Moes, and seventh grader Carmela Dovi placed in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

This year, students around the country submitted more than 330,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. At the regional level, more than 90,000 works were recognized and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level will be moved onto the national stage and will be celebrated at an art show at Carnegie Hall in NYC. To read more about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards click here.

At Cortland High School, twenty-two students art work were submitted. Maya Moes was selected for a Silver Key Award. Art department chair, Jesse Bender said, “Maya is an extremely talented artist and has fantastic attention to detail. Her project was a drawing of Neil Patrick Harris in three different scales in one composition.”

When Maya started this project, she had to pick an idol, someone she admired, to draw. She immediately thought Neil Patrick Harris would be a good subject for this drawing. Maya said, “Neil Patrick Harris is one of my favorite actors. He is in the television show, How I Met Your Mother, which is one of my favorites. Once I started this project, I realized that it would take longer than the time allowed in class. I wanted to make sure I paid attention to detail and tried my best so I came in for extra time. I soon was working on the project up to three hours a day for over a month. I think by winning the Silver Key Award, I feel that my hard work has paid off.” When Maya was asked about her future goals she said, “I really enjoy art and hope to become a professional artist and animator. I want to work for an animation company like Cartoon Network or Disney in the future. I already found out I got in to SUNY Fredonia and Alfred State.”

Eighth grader, Carmela Dovi received an Honorable Mention Award. Carmela is one of the youngest Cortland students to place in this competition. She clearly has a knack for art and excels in her art classes. When asked about her artwork Carmela said, “My artwork was done with charcoal pencils and of someone biting their lip. I feel proud of this piece of artwork because I do not usually like my own art, but this piece I really enjoyed creating and I like how it came out.”


Carmela’s art teacher Annette McMahon said, “Carmela has always been critical of her own work. She takes critiques to heart and pushes herself to work so hard to be creative. I’m always excited to see what she accomplished within each assignment. Her artwork “Lovely Lips” is a great example of a specific area of the face, paying great attention to the small and drastic changes in value, in which she was quite successful.”

Annette McMahon and Jesse Bender  took art students to Onondaga Community College on February 28, to look at their artwork which has been on display at the college. The show will include artwork from not only Cortland students but the entire region. To read more about the OCC event click here.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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