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Nine CTE High Schools Place Winners in the Citywide Graphic Arts Competition

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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.

Bayside Interns Conduct Energy Conservation Audits of NYC Schools

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IBSenviroStudents from Bayside High School got invaluable experience in engineering and energy efficiency through internships with the New York City Department of Education Division of School Facilities and its non-profit partner, Solar One. Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Solar One arranged for engineers from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to mentor and supervise the students through an analysis of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) at two NYCDOE buildings in Queens,  the Susan B. Anthony School and the Edward Hart School.

During their internships, students were taught how to read technical drawings, level II Energy Audit Reports and NYPA Project Reports. After learning the ropes, the interns performed an energy audit of their own high school and analyzed the energy savings opportunities for all of the school;s mechanical and electrical systems. Students submitted their report to the school’s administration and presented their findings at NYPA’s headquarters.

Citywide Graphics Competition Showcases Print, Video, Web Design, Packaging and More

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13 cgacThe Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition for New York City public high school students kicks off this week with an on-line Qualifying Round in six categories: Digital Video Production, Website Design, Digital Photography, Student Filmmaking  and Package Design.Between now and March 22, local competitions run by high school graphics teachers will select the best work in each category and submit the material on-line for judging. Winners will be invited to the citywide Finals at CityTech, the New York College of Technology, in May. At the Finals, judges from academy and industry pick the First, Second, and Third place winners in each field.

Trophies and prizes are awarded to the winners in each category, and grand prize winners get a special tour of the production operations of the New York Times. All New York City public high school students participating in a graphic arts program are eligible to compete.

BaysidePKGCreated by a high school graphics teacher in 2002 to generate enthusiasm for the subject, the Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition has grown and evolved to match the changing media production environment. Over the years, the original categories Offset Printing and film-based Darkroom Photography were phased out and new contests like Digital Photography, Web Site Design and Digital Video Production were developed. The newest category, Package Design, premiered last year.


13donateThe all-volunteer program is organized by the Graphics Industry Advisory Commission, part of the CTE Council, and CityTech’s Advertising, Design and Graphic Arts Department. Sponsors include Adobe, B&H Photo & Video, Apple, Sappi Paper, General Tools and other leading creative industry firms. Interested companies should contact Commission chair Annette Wolf Bensen for details about participating in this year’s event.

Bayside High School Graphics Students Beautify Bell Boulevard

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baysideartBayside High School students have been working directly with the Bayside Village Improvement District (BID) to design the winter banners that promote the businesses along Bell Boulevard. The district was so pleased with the work done byBayside Creative, the school’s in-house design service, that they contracted the group to create all seasonal banners — winter, spring, summer and fall.

Cheryl Steinberg, the school’s Program Director and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, is serving as CEO of the in-house company, guiding students through the ins and outs of the graphic design business. As Digital Art & Design interns, Bayside Creative students meet with clients and see projects through from concept to completion. As a result, they emerge better informed and get a jump-start in the industry that they are passionate about.

Bayside Creative provides graphic design services to several Queens businesses including Lotus Star Multimedia and Solano Associates in addition to the Village BID and the Bayside High School PTA. The Times Ledger newspaper recently published a story by reporter Phil Corso describing the students’ work.