Port art students recognized by state

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AM Flag Design Eliza Harnden 2019-2020 (Photo provided by ZE Creative Communications)

Port Washington Union Free School District has announced that two exceptionally talented students— Sarah Lucas and Eliza Harnden— were recognized by the New York State Art Teachers Association for their success in the 2020 New York State Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest.

“We are so proud of our artists, Sarah and Eliza, for their prestigious accomplishments,” said Michael Hynes, superintendent of the Port Washington Union Free School District. “Sarah and Eliza’s distinguished talents and success in this contest speaks volumes to the level of excellence in our district and more specifically our art department. Congratulations to Sarah, Eliza and their exceptional teacher Ms. Heather Heckel.”

Lucas, an eighth-grade student at Weber, was recognized as the overall winner of the YAM 2020 Design Contest. Her design will be made into a 3 ft. by 5 ft. flag and displayed at the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association Annual National Convention in March 2020 Sarah will also receive $500 in art supplies.

Harnden, an eighth-grade Weber student, won first place in the middle school category and will be awarded art supplies valued at $100. Weber Middle School will also receive $1,000 worth of art supplies for students to further their artistry.

“Congratulations to these two fabulous artists and their art teachers for winning both the middle school and overall categories of the New York State Youth Art Month competition,” said Kevin Scully, director of creative arts for the Port Washington Union Free School District. “This is a reflection of both their creativity and their hard work and dedication to the visual arts. We are proud to have Port Washington represented twice in such a prestigious state-wide contest.”

AM Flag Design Sarah Lucas 2019-2020. (Photo provided by ZE Creative Communications)

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