The fifth annual eSchoolData Login Page Art Contest was a resounding success, with almost 275 entries received statewide.  The contest runs in NY each school year, with prizes awarded regionally to promote as much student participation as possible.

Participating districts’ entries were accepted during February–March 2019, with the finalists selected by a committee of judges.  This year, the attendees at the eSD Annual Conference, held in Saratoga Springs May 8-9, 2019, voted for their favorites, with final decisions made by the judging committee.

In the Suffolk County region, the winners are:
First Place – Emily Chavarria (Connetquot Central School District)
Second Place – Jessica Bozzello (West Babylon Union Free School District)
Honorable Mention – Alexandra Cornejo, Anna Schipf, Allesandra Van Rossem (all Babylon Union Free School District)

In the Nassau County region, the winners are:
First Place – Emma Fabilli (Sewanhaka Central High School District)
Third Place (tie) – Laura Los (Sewanhaka Central High School District), Jazelle Richards (Malverne Union Free School District)
Honorable Mention – Angelina Torre (Wantagh Union Free School District), Carol Sung (Sewanhaka Central High School District)

In the Hudson Valley region, the winners are:
First Place – Wesley Cortes (Southern Westchester BOCES)
Third Place (tie) – Juliana DeLaBarrera (Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES), Mackenzie O’Brien (Clarkstown Central School District)
Honorable Mention – Samantha Corado (Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES), Alexa Schwartz (Clarkstown Central School District)

In the Northeastern NY region, the winners are:
First Place – Omar Hickok (Mayfield Central School District)
Third Place (tie) – Amelia MacNeil, Luke Toma (both Schalmont Central School District)
Honorable Mention – Peyton Walker (Copenhagen Central School District)

In the Western NY region, the winners are:
First Place – Cameron Merrill (Gowanda Central School District)
Second Place – Rebekah Austin (Gowanda Central School District)
Honorable Mention – Annemarie Harrigan, Sarah Wick (both Springville-Griffith Institute)

Contestants are required to submit works of art that focused on a specific theme relative to current educational topics.  This year’s theme is Art in STEM, and challenges students to illustrate how Art is integral to the STEM subjects:  how the principles and aesthetics of Art are incorporated into and reflected in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 

Each first place winner’s entry will appear in a future release as the background image on the eSchoolData login page and the eSD Parent Portal and Student Portal login pages.  All winning submissions are published in the Artists’ Gallery on the eSchoolData website (http://www.eschooldata.com/artists-gallery).

eSD created the art contest as a unique way to give back to school districts and the surrounding community, by promoting local art and providing monetary awards for the winning entries.  It also helps students build up their art portfolio, and allows the winners to claim publishing credit for their work when applying to art schools after graduation.

eSchoolData is a student management system provided by Illuminate Education, headquartered in Irvine, CA.  Initial development of the application was funded by a grant from the US Department of Education in 2000.  Today, eSchoolData serves over 200 school districts in New York State, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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