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Art & Design HS Sophomores Win $17,000 for Their Student Films

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Last Friday at  ABC Studios, newscaster Sade Baderinwa awarded students from the High School of Art & Design the First Prize  ($12,000) and the Third Prize ($5,000) in the 2014 ABC/Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams competition. Both pulic service announcements (PSAs) were entirely written, filmed and edited by sophomore film students who have been studying film for less than a year.

The First Prize went to “Don’t judge a book by its color” by Tim Chachibaia, Jialun (Allen) Jiang, Jasmin Hall, Ashley Debbagh and Caleb Giles. Third Prize was awarded to “PSA against human trafficking” by Priscilla Suarez. Congratulations to our talented young filmmakers and to their teacher, Mr. Hanan Harchol.

Watch Sade Baderinwa’s video report on the event:


Over a hundred CTE students await the judges’ results during lunch at the CityTech Atrium during the annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition.

Every year, the Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission, the New York City College of Technology (CityTech) and industry partners sponsor a citywide competition for graphics students in Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design, Web Site Design, Digital Video Production, Digital Photography, Package Design and Student Filmmaking. Last Friday, over a hundred graphics students gathered at CityTech’s labs to compete in the thirteenth annual Finals.

For each of the live competition categories, students were given a themr on-site and had four hours to produce finished work. Photography contestants took photos in downtown Brooklyn  neighborhoods. Video students shot and edited their spots using live and web-discovered material. All competitors worked from the same basic resources. For the Desktop Publishing & Design category, the winning piece — a poster promoting Harlem Week — will be used by the sponsor, the United Federation of Teachers, in signage and ads this summer.

Of the eleven high schools that submitted contestants through the two Qualifying Rounds in April and May, nine schools took home trophies, cash and prizes. The First Place winners in each category will be hosted by the New York Times Production Department with a networking dinner with Times executives and a tour of the pre-press, printing and mailing operations in College Point, Queens.

The list of winners and their work will be posted to the Competition web site this week. For next year’s event, organizers are planning a new competition category in Digital Illustration.

New York City public high schools placed high in the statewide SkillsUSA Competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Over 2,000 students competed in 82 categories like 3D Visualization, Construction Skills, IT Technologies and Health Care. Eleven New York City schools sent their biggest contingent yet, winning 29 medals in a broad set of contests. Many winners will go on to the SkillsUSA National Finals in June in Kansas City.

Below is the list of New York City medalists. Browse the Contest Standards and the Assessment Rubrics from the NYS SkillsUSA site for more information on a contest.

Architectural Drafting
1st Place – Ramon Williams – Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design

Automotive Vehicle Maintenance Basic
3rd Place – Matisse Edmonds – Automotive High School

Automotive Refinishing Technology
2nd Place – Melissa Kalloo – Thomas Edison High School

Automotive Service Technology
1st Place – Michael George – Thomas Edison High School

Aviation Technology
1st Place – Edgar Hernandez – Aviation High School
2nd Place – Jerome Eccles – Aviation High School

Community Action Plan
2nd Place – Kiah Alcantara & Kiara Fox – William H Maxwell High School

Computer Maintenance Technology
1st Place – Luciano Alexander – High School of Computers & Technology
3rd Place – Jasmin Mrkulic – Queens Vocational & Technical High School

Electronics Technology
2nd Place – Xiaoping Wang – Queens Vocational & Technical High School
3rd Place – Eileen Herrera – Queens Vocational & Technical High School

Engineering Technology Design
2nd Place- Charles Cervello, Lencon Chopra, Daisy Leandro – HS for Construction Trades, Engr & Architecture

Industrial Motor Control
1st Place – Matthew Colon – Bronx Design & Construction Academy
2nd Place – William Callanan – Queens Vocational & Technical HS

Internet Working
2nd Place – Umar Hasan – Thomas Edison High School
3rd Place – Hasan Christy – Queens Vocational & Technical HS

Job Interview
1st Place- Frankie Austin – Aviation High School
3rd Place – Lorena Arias – Williamsburg High School for Architecture

Job Demonstration Open
1st Place – Daniel Sernadas – Aviation High School

Medical Math
1st Place – Sheridan Kamal- Thomas Edison High School

Mobile Robotics
1st Place – Mark Doninelli & Manjur Khan- Thomas Edison High School

Opening and Closing Ceremonies
2nd Place – Thomas Edison High School

2nd Place – Daquan Nelson – High School of Art and Design

Prepared Speech
2nd Place – Franky Gonzalez – High School for Energy and Technology

Related Technical Math
2nd Place – Roselys Santana – Aviation High School
3rd Place – Qing-Si Yu – Queens Vocational & Technical High School

Residential Systems Installation & Maintenance
1st Place – Pedro Bonilla – Queens Vocational & Technical High School
2nd Place – Jonathon Pioquinto – Queens Vocational & Technical High School Franky Gonzalez

Web Design
3rd Place – Jessica Kandchorav, Ashley Yussef – Thomas Edison High School

See the full list of New York State categories and winners.


A High School of Art and Design student created a dress made of plastic bags filled with fish in the Materials Matter Amazing Art Challenge sponsored by Ripley’s Believe or Not Odditorium in Times Square. (The 11th grade student in Ms. Farrelly’s fashion design class used plastic fish instead of real ones.) Reporter Karen Jones wrote the story for the New York Times.