‘Best in Show’ for 10 HS Artists


In recognition of their remarkable talent and creativity in the artistic fields of video, photography and electronic illustration, 10 East Islip High School students were named “Best in Show” at the 2016 Long Island Media Arts Show, held at Five Towns College’s Performing Arts Center in Dix Hills on April 1.

Kristianna Schlosser earned three Best in Show awards for photography. Other East Islip Best in Show winners from Heather Toomey’s photography class were Defne Duyku, Delanie Fitzgerald, Rebecca Kreamer and Destiny Nalls.

“Our art department was able to send more students to the Media Arts Show this year, and it was a huge success,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “All of the students who participated did an excellent job talking about their artwork – it is not easy to put your work out to be shown and receive criticism. I am especially proud of those students who received Best in Show awards, as it is an honor to be recognized for their achievements in photography amongst their peers across Long Island.”

“Attending the Media Arts Show was a great experience because we gained a lot of insight from discussing our work with professional photographers,” said Kreamer, a junior.

“I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot from the critiques,” added Duyku, a junior. “The overall experience was wonderful and I can’t wait to go back next year.”

Best in Show graphics winners from Erin Jacob’s electronic illustration class were Zoe Stengel, Arthur Tuck and Veronica VanDerlofske.

“It was pretty cool to get recognized for my artwork and to have it seen by others,” said Stengel, a sophomore.

Best in Show winners from James Connell’s video production classes were writers and directors Ashley Karlin and Steve Murello. Karlin won for “Be Good for Goodness Sake,” a film about Santa recruiting elves to work for him at the North Pole; it starred Joe Camlet, Brandon Potter, Elizabeth Ruhrold and Eddie Sallie.  Murello earned his prize for “Where's Eddie,” a film inspired by the 1990s cult crime movies; it starred Brook Helmsorig, Meg McCaffrey, Joe Paone, Eddie Sallie and Deanna Teta.

“The entire East Islip video program had a great showing at the event, and all of the students’ hard work and involvement in class helped them come home with the awards they received,” said Connell.