These Irvington High School Science Research program students had an outstanding performance at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Feb. 8 at John Jay High School in Cross River. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Irvington Union Free School District
Bronxville High School seniors Ruby Howell, left, and Victoria Vigorito have earned multiple honors at the prestigious regional 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing awards competition. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bronxville Union Free School Disrictl District

Around Westchester Schools: Outstanding 20 Compete In Science, Art Draws Prestigious Attention

Einstein gets credit for saying "Imagination will take you everywhere," but the phrase is perhaps best espoused by a pair of Bronxville High School art students, whose works drew prestigious favor recently.

The seniors, Ruby Howell and Victoria Vigorito, won multiple awards at the regional Scholastic Art & Writing awards competition. Ruby won eight for her drawings and paintings, and Victoria, one a piece for her pen drawing and an animation.

Their commitment is significant, according to art teacher Courtney Alan. 

"Their artwork stood out among thousands of submissions," she said. "They found ways to pursue creative endeavors in and out of school through various jobs, such as musical posters, set design, illustrations for events and commissioned artwork."

Ruby earned four Gold Keys, three Silver Keys and an honorable mention for her work, which is mostly in acrylic paint and scratchboard. The Gold Keys were for paintings “Baby Daydream” and “Animal Cruelty,” and drawings, “Birthday Box” and “Childhood Obesity.” Her Silver Key awards were for paintings “Kaleidoscope,” “Quality” and “Reflections,” and Ruby earned an honorable mention award for her painting “Baby Blue.”

“The size and detail of her ‘Baby Daydream’ work make it extremely impressive,” Alan said. “It was done in her sketchbook, and the baby in the painting is barely bigger than a paperclip. She captures a feeling of childhood with her color choices and lighting that make the painting seem magical.”

Victoria earned an honorable mention award for her pen drawing “Loss for Words and Emotion” and an honorable mention award for her animation “Thoughts in Time.”

“The pen drawing is a self-portrait with a lot of details through implied line and an advanced perspective, causing the viewer to be looking down on her,” Alan explained. “She uses crosshatching to add value and interest to the work.”

The students are in Alan’s Advanced Placement Art class for the second year and are working on completing a 2D Design portfolio. 

Howell’s investigation centers around nostalgia and memories of childhood, while Vigorito is working on an animation that combines music and movement through dance.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing awards program identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talents. 

STEM Standouts Number 20 From Irvington

Twenty members of the Irvington High School Science Research program had an outstanding performance at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held Feb. 8 at John Jay High School in Cross River, which included 600 participants from schools around the region.

Max Edelman and Rishit Gupta earned second places in the Computer Science and Computational Bio/Math category as poster presenters; while Alexandra Savino earned third place in the Engineering/Physical Science category as a poster presenter.

Zoe Jacobs earned first place in the Medical Science category, Zachary Mizrachi won second place in the Engineering/Technology/Computer Science category and Aden Malone won third place in the Behavior category as speaker presenters. Each of these students will advance to the Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, to be held March 25 to 26 at the University at Albany.

The Science Research Program allows students to pursue an in-depth understanding of a topic of their choice in science or engineering. It is led by co-advisers Amy Ma, Nadia Parikka, Stephanie Schilling and Geri Winterroth.