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Artful Dozen Showcase Work at Village Center 

The district’s Fine Arts Department was commended at the April 9 Board of Education meeting and 12 students were honored for having their work displayed at the 2019 Spring Art Show at the Port Jefferson Village Center. The annual month-long joint collaboration between the village and the school district is an opportunity for the greater community to view the creations of district students.

The vast display featured the artworks as instructed by teachers Richard Anderson and Meghan McCarthy at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School; Stacey Schuman at Port Jefferson Middle School and Lynne Edsall and Nancy Randazzo at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School.

Dr. Michael Caravello, the district’s director of music and fine arts, presented each student with a certificate and thanked the teachers for their commitment to the students.

“They are true art leaders,” Dr. Caravello said. “Their incredible creativity and inspiration is a testament to their dedication to our students and their exploration and discovery of the arts.”

Students recognized were kindergartner Catherine Ioannou; third graders Joseph Curley and Natalie Paulus; fifth graders Alexa Jacobs, Violet Kim, Hannah Pflaster and Sadie Salzman; sixth grader Ana Kelly; eighth graders Connor Lioio, Jonah Pflaster and Anna Rebic and senior Jillian Lawler.

Jillian was also lauded for her commitment and talent in sketching the artwork for the district’s Armed Forces Tribute, which will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony on May 30. Jillian will continue her artistic career at Ringling College of Art in Design in Sarasota, Florida, where she will major in computer animation.