The fourth annual eSchoolData Login Page Art Contest was a resounding success, with almost five dozen entries received from the Western NY region.  The contest runs in NY each school year, with prizes awarded regionally to promote as much student participation as possible.  The Western NY region’s prizes were awarded third this year, preceded by Suffolk and Nassau Counties and to be followed by the Lower Hudson and Northeastern NY regions.

Participating districts’ entries were accepted from November 2017 through December 2017, with the finalists selected by a committee of judges.  This year, the winners are decided via online voting by eSchoolData’s Twitter and Facebook followers, with Western NY’s voting held in mid March 2018.

First Place – Rachael Derby (Hammondsport Central School District)

The following students were awarded Honorable Mention: Kristiana Mitchell (Medina Central School District), Katelyn Rose (Wellsville Central School District), and Jason Umlah (Gowanda Central School District).

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.

The first place winner’s entry will appear as the background image on the eSchoolData login page (, and the eSD Parent Portal and Student Portal login pages, with the release of version 5.9 in late Spring 2018, until version 6.0 is released.  All winning submissions are published on the eSchoolData website (

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 IO Education, headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices in Charlottesville, VA, New York, NY, Murrieta, CA and Bohemia, NY.  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.

First Place: Rachael Derby

First Place: Rachael Derby