Student Awards and Recognition

April 2017
Three JFKHS students were named finalists in this years High School Photography Competition hosted by the Huntington Camera Club. All three finalists were part of the Simplicity and Darkroom Category, with one student taking the overall 1st place prize!
Congratulations to the following winner and finalists of this years photography competition!
 Gabrielle Zucker- 1st Place Overall Winner
Angelina Kim- Finalist
Bhriti Pahilajani- Finalist 
  AK   GZ  DP

April 2017
Recently, JFKHS students participated in the annual High Arts Showcase sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council.  This year, two students were recognized for their outstanding work, Samantha Neyland and Michelle Ng.   
Congratulations to all students involved in the show! 

March 2017
Each year, the Art Supervisors Association, in conjunction with the annual All-County Art Exhibition, names one senior artist the Scholarship Award Winner per Nassau County School District.  This year, Daniel Brandwein was named the ASA Senior Scholarship Award Winner for Plainview-Old Bethpage.
Congratulations to Daniel, and all that he has achieved this year!
 ASA1   DB

March 2017
Recently, Emily Kolsky, an 11th grade art student, was selected to exhibit her artwork in the prestigious annual art show, Long Island's Best Art Exhibition.  The art exhibition is hosted by the Heckscher Museum of Art, and highlights exemplary student artwork from school districts across Long Island.  Emily's piece is titled "Free", and is on display until April 9th. 
Congratulations to Emily on a job well done! 
 (Artist pictured with her art teacher, Ms. Jen Beinlich)

October 2016
Congratulations to the following High School students that were selected to be a part of the Embracing Our Differences Art Exhibition, an annual event that spreads the idea of respect for all human rights.  On October 27th, a ceremony was held for all selected artists, where the audience was joined by the grand-daughther of Jesse Owens.  Congratulations to the following students!
Alana Becker- Puzzles
Bailey Espanet- Silhouette
Andrea Hayman- Every Yin Needs A Yang
Reubena Kaidanian- One Island, Many Footprints 

October 2016
Congratulations to the following J.F.K. High School students who have been selected to exhibit their artwork in the upcoming "Nightmare on Main Street" Art Exhibition sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council.  
Sania Farooq- Seeing Double
Ilyssa Halbreich- Past Emotion
Julia Dzieciaszek- Turn Around 
The show's participants were chosen by an artist named Caitlyn Shea- who loves all things scary, sinewy, and dark.  There is a costume party reception, on Saturday, October 29th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery in the Huntington Village.

 September 2016
We are proud to announce that Ellie Lee has been recognized as a 2016-2017 Long Island
Arts Alliance Scholar Artist Winner!
2016 SA  
This wonderful program recognizes music, art, dance, and theater students who are also outstanding academic students.  
Her bio will be published in Newsday this upcoming January!
Ellie was recognized at a kick-offevent at Half Hollow Hills on September 8th,
and will also honored at an end of the year reception at the Tilles Center this Spring.

 This is a unique honor as the selection process is very competitive. Only twenty students on Long Island are selected as Scholar Artist Winners.  

Congratulations Ellie!

 June 6, 2016
The H.B. Mattlin & POBMS Art 9 Shows were a huge success with family, friends and students coming together to enjoy an wonderful evening of art.  Students were thrilled to have their work on display in this amazing setting. These students are a constant form of inspiration to the department, and are surely in for great things at POB John F. Kennedy High School.  Congratulations to all!
H.B. Mattlin Art 9 Showcase 
POBMS Art 9 Showcase 

May 26, 2016
Two JFKHS students have recently been awarded by the Photographic Society of America!   William Pergola has won an Acceptance Award in the Architecture category, while Natalia Trojanowski has won an Acceptance Award in the Monochrome category.
This  nation-wide contest has 12 total categories, 6 in digital photography and 6 in traditional darkroom.  The Youth Showcase Exhibition was displayed at the 2016 PSA International Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Their work will also be displayed on their website.
Congratulations to Natalia and William! 
 Photo Award

 May 20, 2016
 The 2016 Plainview-Old Bethpage Friends of the Library Photo & Media Arts Contest winners have been announced! The opening reception for this prestigious show will be Friday, May 20th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Plainview Public Library. 
Congratulations to all those who have submitted work, and a special congrats to those who have been recognized!


Darkroom Beginner:

1st Place:Sarah Doscher
2nd Place: Aaron Waltzer

Darkroom Advanced:

1st Place:  Cara Hayman
Honorable Mention: Natalia Trojanowski

Digital Beginner:

1st Place:  Ashley Zhang
2nd Place:  Chiori Negishi
3rd Place:  Emily Kapla

Digital Advanced:

1st Place:  Noah Sachs
2nd Place:  Kayla Paris
3rd Place:  Melanie Soesman

Computer Graphics Beginner:

1st Place:  Aashka Sanghvi
2nd Place:  Glenn Song
3rd Place:  Emily Chertoff
Honorable Mention: Sydney Schmidt

Computer Graphics Advanced:

1st Place:  Aidan Spencer
2nd Place:  Ross Cohen
3rd Place:  Samuel Gross
Honorable Mention: Evan Peskoff

May 17, 2016
The annual Elementary Art Expo is a prestigious district-wide art exhibition highlighting a number of amazing artists from kindergarten through fourth grade.  Each and every year, only a few pieces of artwork are chosen from each school by the elementary Art teachers of Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, all who have been chosen should feel extremely proud of their accomplishment!
The goals of the elementary Art program here at Plainview-Old Bethpage are designed to reach all students and offer them a broad range of experiences and activities.  While supporting the New York State Standards for the Arts, art instruction is based on the Basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  Children are exposed to creative opportunities in various mediums and areas of self-expression, which are enriched further with art history and the works of accomplished artists.  The art program is an integral part of the elementary interdisciplinary curriculum and plays a significant role in community activities.
On behalf of the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Schools, and the Central Office Administrative Team, I would like to congratulate all students who were chosen for the 2016 Elementary Art Expo at Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools!


April 17, 2016
Congratulations to Talia Blum, for receiving an "Honorable Mention" Award of Excellence at this weekend's prestigious Long Island's Best Art Exhibition.  This event is hosted by the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, where only fifty student art pieces are chosen from over three-hundred entries from across Long Island.  Talia is a student of Mr. Jacobson at John F. Kennedy High School.
Congratulations Talia on this wonderful achievement! 
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April 12, 2016
The John F. Kennedy Chapter of the National Art Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony this week, inducting more than 50 new students to the prestigious group.  The students selected have shown extraordinary integrity, hard work, and passion for the Arts during their High School Career.  
The group also arranged an "art auction" of student artwork inspired by guest artist, David Peikon. (A POB alum)  All proceeds from the auction were donated to Sunrise Day Camp in honor of a student who attends Parkway Elementary.  This event is an excellent example of community service from the National Art Honor Society, as well as a way to highlight the number of amazing student artists we have here at John F. Kennedy High School.
Congratulations to all members of the J.F.K. National Art Honor Society! 

April 2016
Livia Futterman, an 8th grade student from H.B. Mattlin Middle School, had her design selected to be featured as the T-Shirt for the 1st Annual POB Hackathon. Here, Mrs. Goscinski and Livia model her wonderful design.
Way to go Livia! We couldn't be more impressed with your hard work and dedication.

April 2, 2016
Several talented art students were recently selected to exhibit their work in the 5th annual Art in Heart Exhibition hosted by the Long Island Art Teacher's Association in celebration of Youth Art Month.  Their work is on exhibit in the Sunrise Shopping Mall, located in Massapequa, until April 17th.
Stephanie Cheng, a 10th grade student of Ms. Karen Smith, was awarded a gift card from the Sunrise Shopping Mall, for her artwork titled "Pumpkin and Gourds".
Congratulations to Stephanie and all those who were selected to take part in this amazing show!   

March 20, 2016
This year, more than forty students from Plainview-Old Bethpage were selected to participate in the 12th Annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition, hosted by the Art Supervisors Association.  The work was displayed at Farmingdale State College this year, in the Roosevelt Hall ballroom.  Many visitors from the district, as well as families throughout Nassau County, visited the exhibition and scholarship ceremony prior to the show.  
Molly Davis, a senior from JFK High School, was the scholarship recipient from Plainview-Old Bethpage this year. 
Congratulations to Molly, and all of the other student artists who displayed their work at this prestigious exhibition this year!

March 2016
Seven amazingly talented art students from JFK High School are currently exhibiting their artwork at the Huntington Art Council's High Art Showcase, within the Main Street Gallery in the village of Huntington.  The show will be on exhibit from March 4-19, 2016. 
Congratulations to the following student artists!
Joshua Barzideh 
Molly Davis *
Joon Kang
Justin Koo
Rachel Kubrick
Ellie Lee
Aidan Spencer 
* Molly Davis was recognized with a special ribbon of excellence from the juror of the show for her artwork

January 2016
Two art students from JFK High School are currently exhibiting their artwork at LIU's Advanced Visions Artist of Excellence Exhibition, for Advanced Placement Art students on Long Island. The two students are Nawon Choi and Nicole Yuen, who are both enrolled in our AP Studio in Art 2D Design classes. Their teachers are Mrs. Ritholtz and Mr. Jacobson.
Congratulations to Nawon and Nicole!
LIU Artist of Excellence  

 Information regarding the art show is as follows:

 Show Dates: December 15, 2015 - January 27, 2016 

Location: Student Art League Gallery, Main Level, LIU  

 Artists' Reception: Wednesday, January 27, 5:00 p.m.

Location: Student Art League Gallery, Main Level, LIU  


October 15, 2015


Congratulations to the following POBJFKHS students, who have had their artwork accepted into the annual 
Nightmare on Main Street Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council.                

Michelle Shin- Eyes of Mona Lisa 

Aidan Spencer- Dark Thoughts, Glow Eyes and the Skeleton

Nicole Ruiz- Don’t Cross the Bridge

 September 30, 2015
Six visual art students from POBJFKHS were recently selected to participate in the 2015 Embracing Our Differences exhibit,
through The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding Inc. 
Embracing our Differences is a meaningful effort to build a community that values peaceful coexistence and cultural understanding.  The show will be curated by three highly respected art professionals, and will show from October 28th through November 8th in the South Ocean Ave Middle School , located in Patchogue. 
 Congratulations to the following artists: Ellie Lee, Julia Costarella, Corinne Testa, Talia Blum, Aidan Spencer, and Gurpreet Singh

 September 9, 2015
Two POBJFK students were recognized as 2015-2016 Long Island Arts Alliance Award of Merit Winners
Jenna Goerke- Theatre
Rachel  Kubrick- Visual Arts


 Award of Merit Winners  
This wonderful program recognizes music, art, dance, and theater students who are also outstanding academic students.  
They were recognized at a welcoming event at Half Hollow Hills on September 9th,
and will also honored at an end of the year reception at the Tilles Center this Spring.


This is a unique honor and the selection process is very competitive. Only twenty students on Long Island are selected as Award of Merit Winners.  Congratulations to these students!

Three POBJFK students were recognized as Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artists:

Adrian Kim – Visual Arts – Scholar Artist Winner

Nicole Davidson – Music – Scholar Artist Award of Merit

Jacqueline Primack – Theater – Scholar Artist Award of Merit

 Congratulations to these talented students and their teachers.

Scholar Artist Winners
Front: Adrian Kim, Nicole Davidson, Jacqueline Primack
Back: Mr. Golbert (Director of Music and Performing Arts), Mr. Murray (POBJFK Principal), Dr. Chen (Director of Art), Mr. Olivari (HS Musical Director). Mr. Loeb (HS Band Teacher), Mr. Jacobson (HS Art Teacher)

Three students in Mrs. Loeven's studio in art class at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School won awards in the Captain Stu Schwartz Fire Prevention poster contest. Captain Schwartz was a member of the Plainview Fire Department and was Chairman of the Fire Prevention Division for many years. He passed away in 2004. In his honor, the Plainview Fire Department has established this contest to show the department's continued commitment to education for the safety of the children in the community. Deputy Chief Craig Adelman presented the awards to the three freshman students. Zach Kranglewitz was awarded first place, Julia Costarella was awarded second place, and Daria Scarimbolo was awarded third place. All students received a Staples gift card to use for school supplies as well!


 (left to right) First place winner Zach Kranglewitz, second place winner Julia Costarella, third place winner Daria Scarimbolo, teacher Carla Loeven.

Samantha Weiser, along with some students and adults, submitted photos to St. Joseph's Hospital Photo contest. Samanhta won an Honorable Mention and will have her photograph displayed in the hospital.  A reception was held on January 16, 2014, honoring the winners.

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