Mineola student recognized as Scholar-Artist a year after immigrating

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Mineola High School senior Hymn Yiu who has been named as a 2017-18 Scholar-Artist by the Long Island Arts Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Mineola Union Free School District)

Hymn Yiu immigrated to the United States just last year. He has already been awarded as a Scholar-Artist by the Long Island Arts Alliance.

“People always say ‘artists create art’ but, in fact, art also shapes an artist’s identity,” Yiu siad. “My involvement in art has been developing my patience, helping me adapt to life changes, shaping my identity, and initiating my aspiration to be an architect.”

Hymn dove into his studies at Mineola High School with three AP courses. He describes himself as having an “active and impatient personality” in his younger years, but has found that his passion towards art has taught him how to keep his focus.

It is that focus that has placed him within the ranks of the National Art Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society.

“His involvement and community service have made him a valued member of the Mineola school community,” said Mineola High School Art teacher Gina Buongiovanni.

Hym furthers his study with additional courses at Cooper Union. He also participates in the Ace Mentor Program for Architecture — his anticipated college major. He was recognized as an all-county artist through the Art Supervisors Association and his artwork was awarded High Merit in the “Celebrating Art” National Competition.

This is the first time the district has had a student earn this designation. Hymn was one of only 20 chosen from more than 120 submissions. He will receive a scholarship award and was featured with a spread of his work in Newsday.

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