Nine Massena Central High School students displaying artwork at Potsdam Town Hall


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MASSENA — Massena Central High School students earned some of the top honors during the recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse.

Now the works of Alexis Jacobs, Anabella Perretta, Madison Brown, Emma Kormanyos, Laura Guimond, Emily Labarge, Alexa Drumm, Abigail Benham, Tyler Converse and Evan George are headed to the SLC Arts Gallery at the Potsdam Town Hall, where they’ll be on display from March 16 to April 13 as part of the Scholastic Art Awards of Central New York Regional Art Show.

Students who submitted art were from classes taught by Patricia Murphy and Chad Simpson.

Mr. George earned Gold Key honors for his video; Ms. Jacobs, Ms. Drumm and Ms. Brown earned Silver Key honors; and Ms. Brown, Ms. Perretta, Ms. Kormanyos, Ms. Guimond, Ms. Labarge, Ms. Benham and Mr. Converse earned Honorable Mention.

Ms. Murphy said Mr. Converse submitted in the photography category. Photography and video are two new classes added thanks to additions to the Art Department.

She said Gold Key represents first place, Silver Key represents second place and Honorable Mention represents third place. The judges included professional artists, college professors and art teachers, and the local students were in competition against other schools in the Central New York Art Region.

“Well over 2,000 pieces were submitted. If they’re not first, second or third, they don’t even make the show. These are the crème de la crème. I’m over the moon,” Ms. Murphy said.

Now the students’ pieces are headed to the SLC Arts Gallery at the Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St., for the Scholastic Art Awards of Central New York Regional Art Show, a partnership between SLC Arts and the North Country Art Teachers’ Association.

The exhibit, which features works from students in grades 7 through 12, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 16 and will be on display until April 13.

The gallery is open during regular town hall business hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about the exhibit, call 315-265-6860 or visit

Ms. Murphy and Mr. Simpson also recognized student Jamie Orlando, whose photograph, “My Girl,” was the first-place winner for students in an open art show sponsored in February by the Massena Artists Association at the Massena Public LIbrary. More than 80 artists participated, half of them students from grades 7 through 12.


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