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Skaneateles High School students recognized for photography

Sophie Gorman, a Skaneateles senior, won third place in the Bousquet Holstein PLLC annual photography contest and received $100 for her image “Irish dancer in field.”

Sophie Gorman, a Skaneateles senior, won third place in the Bousquet Holstein PLLC annual photography contest and received $100 for her image “Irish dancer in field.”

— Six Skaneateles High School photographers were recognized as finalists in the Bousquet Holstein PLLC annual photography contest.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating our Immigrant Heritage,” was inspired by the diversity and culture in Central New York, as well as by a recent Robert Henri Ireland exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art.

Skaneateles High School finalist Sophie Gorman, a senior, also won third place and received $100 for her image “Irish dancer in field.” Other SCSD finalists and their photos: Junior Jessica Pirro for “Little girl at Oktoberfest,” senior Julia Judge for “Red Door,” senior Julianna Augustine for “Matryoshaka dolls,” junior Madeline Adams for “Belly dancing women with baskets on their heads” and senior Ryan Nicholson for “Ecuadorian boy.” Nicholson was a finalist last year as well.

The finalists, their parents and their teachers were invited to a special photo contest reception on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square.

“This is a wonderful opportunity because the theme is decided and the students must research and plan what aspect of the theme to pursue,” said Skaneateles art teacher Linda Torrey.

The contest challenged students “to discover and capture the unique perspectives of vibrant immigrant cultures and heritage that can be found in their own families, in their neighborhoods and in communities throughout the region.”

Now in its fourth year of recognizing young photographic talent, the contest received more than 150 submissions from students in schools throughout the county and selected 20 finalists, said Torrey, whose photography students consistently win awards.

Judges included representatives of the Everson Museum of Art, and members and staff of the law firm (including an amateur award winning photographer). The first place student received a scholarship check for $500 and her school art/photo department received a donation of $500 from the firm. The second and third place winners also received scholarship awards.

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