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Skaneateles student wins first place, four honored in photography contest

From left: Leah King, Matthew Payne, Jessica Pileski and Alaina Davis.

From left: Leah King, Matthew Payne, Jessica Pileski and Alaina Davis. Lori Ruhlman

Four Skaneateles High School students were finalists in the 2013 Bousquet Holstein photography contest — and one of them took first prize.

The four were honored at a reception for finalists at the Everson Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 22, along with Skaneateles High School art teacher Linda Torrey.

It was there that the winners were announced. Senior Jessica Pileski was the first place winner with her photograph of the 9/11 memorial in New York City.

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The first place photo, taken by Jessica Pileski of the 9/11 memorial in New York City

She was awarded $500 and she also won $500 for the art department at her school. Also recognized were seniors Alaina Davis and Matthew Payne and freshman Leah King.

This year’s theme, “Abstract Perspectives in Everyday Life,” was inspired by the “American Moderns 1910-1960 from O’Keeffe to Rockwell” exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art. The reception honored student finalists from high schools throughout Central New York.

The brochure, which featured the photographs of the 22 finalists, thanked students for sharing their “vision, creativity and photography skills.”

Each year the firm features the winning image on its annual Thanksgiving card with a short biography about the student photographer. The photographs of all finalists will be posted on their website at bhlawpllc.com.

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