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SHS junior earns top national award for art

Skaneateles High School junior Becky Flannigan received two National Scholastic Art Awards for her drawing "Corroded Boundaries" after receiving many local and regional accolades.

She will be honored at an awards ceremony June 9 and 10 at Carnegie Hall in New York. Her awards -- a gold medal for "most outstanding works in the nation" and an American Visions Medal as the national "best in region" -- put her among the top 1 percent of students in the nation whose work was submitted for Scholastic Awards, according to Alex Tapnio, senior manager of the national programs.

In addition, teacher Linda Torrey received a Gold Key honoring her as one of the nation's best art teachers.

Torrey will be honored at the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall as well.

Flannigan and Torrey are also invited to a day of behind-the-scenes arts and culture events, where they will meet other artists and writers and learn about creative careers from literary agents, studio artists, editors, designers, art gallery directors, writers and New York City cultural leaders.

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