Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who has made education a major priority for her tenure in Congress, announced the winners of $26,000 in scholarships from Adelphi University for An Artistic Discovery, the Congressional arts competition she has been sponsoring every year since taking office.
Sonya Mantell, a junior at East Meadow High School, won the contest’s top award and a $7,000 scholarship to study art at Adelphi for her untitled illustration of human and animal figures featuring sophisticated tones and shading.
“I’m continually amazed at the remarkable amount of talent and potential in the art programs in Long Island schools,” said Rep. McCarthy, a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, at a recent ceremony at Adelphi University. “I congratulate the winners and thank all the students, teachers and faculty who participated in this year’s contest. I also want to thank Adelphi University for its longtime support for this program and for offering scholarships to the winners.”
Forty-one students from 14 high schools in Rep. McCarthy’s district participated in the annual arts competition. Sonya Mantell’s winning piece will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC later this month along with the winning works from other Congressional districts across the country.
The following winners, judged by art faculty from Adelphi University, will receive scholarships should they choose to attend Adelphi:
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (Grand Prize): $7,000 Adelphi Art Scholarship
- Sonya Mantell, Junior at in East Meadow, for an untitled piece
AWARDS OF MERIT (1st Place): $5,000 Adelphi Art Scholarships
- Casey Last, Junior at GW Hewlett High School in Hewlett, for “Play Time”
- Julia Lebedeva, Senior at Valley Stream North High School in Franklin Square, for “Morning Delight”
AWARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT (2nd Place): $3,000 Adelphi Art Scholarships
- Kimberly Stroh, Junior at East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, for an untitled piece
- Danielle Hamilton, Senior at Valley Stream North High School in Franklin Square, for an untitled piece
- Mitchelle Joseph, Senior at Valley Stream South High School in Valley Stream, for “Warrior Mother”