Niagara Gazette


June 1, 2014

Niagara PAL recognizes young artists

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Police Athletic League honored more than 30 high school seniors from high schools across Niagara County and on Grand Island this weekend.

Niagara PAL's 5th annual Art Award Gala was held Sunday at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University in Lewiston. 

The event recognized students for their accomplishments in 2D visual arts, 3D visual arts, digital arts, theater, instrumental and vocal Music. Each school had a winner in each of the six categories with an overall winner from each group announced at the Art Award Gala. 

Each student submitted artwork to be adjudicated or did a live audition for judges from the music field. The submissions were considered on their originality and excellence. Each student’s work will be on display or segments of his or her audition will be aired at the Art Gala. 

The following students were honored in the following categories:


Visual Art 2D

HEATHER MASON, Barker High School – Mason is a member of AFS, foreign language club, Donate Life, Varsity Club and English club president. Heather plans on attending Nazareth College and will major in graphic design.

KARI ELLSWORTH, Grand Island High School – Ellsworth was the recipient of the President’s Education Award, State of New York Office of Attorney General Triple “C” award, the Character Council of Western New York Student of the Month and Academic Excellence awards. She is a Buffalo Art Studio member, an art club member of Grand Island High School, is involved with the Buffalo Art Studio jump start student mentorship program and takes art classes at Buffalo Art Studio and Niagara Community Education.  She will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University and will major in drawing/painting.

MEGAN ROGERS, Lewiston-Porter High School – Rogers' high school agenda included numerous classes in art such as AP 2D Art, AP drawing and painting, and drawing and painting studio art. She is a member of the Albright-Know Future Curators, the National Honor Society and a Chalk Walk participant.  She plans on attending Niagara University and will major in accounting.

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