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BOCES Honors Graphic Arts Students

The contest winners with their entries.
The contest winners with their entries. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Carmel’s Caitlyn O’Rourke, a graphic arts student at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, took first place in an Art Contest sponsored by eSchoolData with an image that combined a photo of a waterfall, a scientific formula and a blueprint.

O’Rourke was one of four BOCES students to be honored in the contest. Alden Viens of Putnam Valley placed second while Croton Harmon students Dean Colistra and Taylor Vlad both received honorable mention. Contestants were required to submit works of art that combined art in STEM or science, technology, engineering and math. O’Rourke’s image will appear as the background image on the eSchoolData login page and the eSD Parent Portal and Student Portal login pages, beginning in the late spring. All of the winners received cash awards as well.

eSchoolData, a Long Island based company that manages student information for more than 250 school districts in New York, created the art contest to help students build their art portfolios and gain real-world experience. Superimposed over O’Rourke’s waterfall photo was the formula for calculating the velocity of the falling water, and the blueprint for the damn it fell from. Viens’ artwork incorporated line drawings over a muted watercolor-like background, while Calistro created a montage of gears, test tubes, math equations and a cell phone and Vlad combined photos of flowers with geometric shapes and color theory.

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