Five students at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District were recently recognized by school administrators and the Town of Hempstead for their participation in the Reflections art contest.
The Reflections contest is a nationwide initiative that challenges students to submit creative pieces of work centered on a specific theme. The 2015 Reflections theme was “The world would be a better place if…,” and students are eligible to compete in categories such as literature, film, visual art, dance, choreography and music composition.
Merrick Avenue Assistant Principal John Gibilaro was joined by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the school’s PTA Reflections chairperson Hali Herman, along with Merrick Avenue English Chairperson Cheryl Fontana.
The Reflections awards winners were:
Josephine Cheung, first place, visual arts
Jade Gallagher, first place, literature
Maya Persaud, second place, literature
Juliana Tirino, first and second place, photography
Jessica Zhang, first place, film production
During the ceremony, Gibilaro announced that Zhang qualified to advance to the state-level Reflections competition for her film project.