Briarcliff Student Artists Win Scholastic Art Awards

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David Kaminsky and Maya Ponzini were instructed by teacher Roxanne Ritacco, left.
David Kaminsky and Maya Ponzini were instructed by teacher Roxanne Ritacco, left. Photo Credit: Courtesy Briarcliff Manor School District

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School is congratulating two students who received Scholastic's Art and Writing Regional Gold Key Awards.

Junior David Kaminsky and Sophomore Maya Ponzini won the awards for their oil painting submissions. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, run by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, "identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and presents their work to a national audience," representatives said.

"Maya’s work was floral in nature, while David created a landscape motif," Briarcliff school officials said. "Although both students enjoy working in a variety of media, painting in oils is their favorite form of artistic expression."

Teacher Roxanne Ritacco instructed both students in her college-level painting class.

“David and Maya are exceptional,” Ritacco said. “They are dedicated and really passionate about their work.”

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