Art 'Matters' for High School Students


Ten top student-artists from the high school were selected for exhibition at Nassau Community College’s recent “What Matters?” art competition. Participants included Zoe Stengel and Jenna Tergesen in the drawing category, Alexis Helhoski and Sam Zimmer in computer graphics, Alexandra Faraj and Crystal Vessalico in photography, Maria Charry and Michael Dondero in mixed media, and Haley Tarazona and Veronica VanDerlofske in illustration.

Dondero and VanDerlofske were given Awards of Excellence, while Helhoski earned a honorable mention award.

“I’m really grateful that I was chosen for this competition,” said Vanderlofske, who studies drawing, electronic illustration and AP 2D design. “Everyone’s art was amazing and beautiful. I’ve been working really hard this year and it was an honor to have won the Award of Excellence.”

“I am honored to have won, because there were so many great entries,” added Dondero, an AP drawing student.

“All of the art students that participated did an excellent job,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “I congratulate all participants who had the honor of being selected for this exhibition, and offer special congratulations to those who received awards.”

“I was really happy to see Alexis Helhoski receive an honorable mention for her piece, ‘Brooke,’” said teacher Erin Jacob. “She is consistently trying new techniques and styles while creating in Adobe Illustrator, and it is great to see that her desire to take risks with her art pays off.”

Said teacher Dan Figliozzi, “As a department, we were really excited to have our students exhibit at Nassau Community College. I am very happy they won awards, as they all work extremely hard all year.”