Creative Connections, an International Cultural Education Organization, selected WHS as the “2017 USA Art Partner of the Year.” The artwork of all the WHS AVID students participating in the ArtLink International Exchange Program was recognized by a jury of educators and artists as an outstanding collection of work. According to Creative Connections, the WHS students’ artwork, which reflected the theme “TEAM Up,” was selected based the cultural insightfulness, quality and uniqueness of the work. The selected work of students Frantz Gabriel, Maria-Paula Guerrero, Judyliz Cleto, Wincharm Grant, Munera Begum, Djesnie Glaude, Kevin Hurtado, and Tageria Davis was chosen to represent Westhill, as the “2017 USA Art Partner of the Year, at the “2017 International Children’s Art Exhibit.” The exhibit, which will include art from students across the United States and 20 other countries, is scheduled for this spring in Fairfield County.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), a department of Columbia University in New York City, recently awarded Westhill High School’s (WHS) student-run publication, The Westword, a Silver Crown Award during the 93rd annual Scholastic Convention earlier this month in the category of Hybrid Newspaper. According to CSPA, publications are judged on design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. The judging process is conducted at Columbia by panels of invited judges who work together to review the entries. Crown Awards demonstrate overall excellence in the entire publication. The Westword was among a combined total of 1,900 newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and digital publications eligible for an award and one of the 56 hybrid news publications to earn a Crown Award.
Reshmi Ranjith and Rachel Lese have been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology as a 2017 Connecticut Affiliate winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT Aspirations in Computing provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.
The 2017 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards recognized WHS seniors:
- Briana Casino, who was awarded a Gold Key in the Personal Essay/Memoir category for Reminders
- Luis Hernandez who was awarded a Silver Key in Poetry for i don’t remember you
- Frantz Gabriel, whose Pencils was an Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir.
The Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards is a program of Writopia Lab, a “national community of teen and young writers and thinkers.” Over 1,900 works were submitted for review, of which 363 were Honorable Mentions, 262 were awarded Silver Keys and 180 were awarded Gold Keys.
Christina Gaia has been recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for exemplary PSAT/NMSQT performances. NHRP recognizes Hispanic/Latino students who score in the top 2.5% of the PSAT NMSQT and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
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