Wallkill Valley Students Win Art School Awards and Scholarships


Young artists at Wallkill Valley Regional High School continue to win awards, accolades and, recently, money to continue their education.

Fine arts teacher Amy Fairweather announced that four students won awards at the Montville Virtual Visions art exhibit, held on May 12 and hosted by Montville Township High School. They have also all won scholarships to the University of Hartford School of Art.

● Paige Cocchio, won third place in pottery for its slab tea set. She won a scholarship of $ 23,000 per year for four years, for a total of $ 92,000.

● Saige Slater won an honorable mention in the mixed media / open category for his “Golden Girl” drypoint engraving. She won a scholarship of $ 21,000 per year for four years, for a total of $ 84,000.

● Kyndel Whiteford won third place in the mixed media / open category for his “I Am Not A Commodity” series of prints. She won a scholarship of $ 21,000 per year for four years, for a total of $ 84,000.

● Kaitlyn czifra won second place in the mixed / open media category for “Reckoning”. She also won a scholarship of $ 23,000 per year for four years, for a total of $ 92,000.

Artists from eleven New Jersey schools submitted their work to the exhibition. Participating schools included Wallkill, High Point, Montville, Lenape, Randolph, Mount Olive, Roxbury, Sparta, Vernon and Watchung Hills.

The judges were college admissions officers and professional artists from William Paterson University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the University of Hartford School of Art. They chose winners in eight categories: Color Drawing & Illustration, Photography, Black & White Drawing & Illustration, Pottery, Painting, Digital Media / Video, Sculpture / Crafts, and Open Mixed Media category.


Kayleen C. Rice