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OMS Eighth Grader Among Elite Artists

OSWEGO, NY – Recently several Oswego High School art students were recognized for their outstanding effort by receiving a Gold Key, Silver Key or honorable mentions in the Central New York Scholastic Art competition.

However, it isn’t often that an Oswego Middle School student gains recognition in this elite program.

Kayla Volkomer, an Oswego Middle School eighth grader, was recently recognized for her talent in the Central New York Scholastic Art competition.  She provides a look at her talent by displaying a piece from her sketch book.

Kayla Volkomer, an Oswego Middle School eighth grader, was recently recognized for her talent in the Central New York Scholastic Art competition. She provides a look at her talent by displaying a piece from her sketch book.

Scholastic Art judges awarded eighth grader Kayla Volkomer an honorable mention award.

OMS Art teacher Linda Shannon said, “Kayla has an exceptional way of expressing herself visually. This is the first time I can recall that an Oswego Middle School student has received this recognition.”

Kayla noted, “It was scratch art. I was just doing it for art class.”

Shannon said, “She did the first piece and it was an eye and part of a nose and she did it in such a unique way. It was messy and wonderful at the same time. I asked her to try to do another piece and she did. It was completely different, but with a similar feel. She then did one more. The three pieces were matted together and entered as one piece which she called ‘Wandering.’ The whole piece came together so nicely. All the pieces were related to one another, but each could have stood alone.”

Scratch art is quite different from painting or other types of drawing.

Shannon explained, “Students use a sharp tool to remove the black surface and reveal their white image underneath. Once it is done it is done. You can’t correct mistakes.”

The veteran teacher explained the importance of being recognized in the elite competition.

She explained, “If I used a sports analogy people whose work is accepted in the scholastic arts are like sports teams that go to the state tournament. Students who receive keys or honorable mentions would be starters for those teams.”

What started out as a class project for an Oswego Middle School eighth grader became recognized in the top art competition in Central New York.

Oswego Student Musicians Selected To Elite Group

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego was well represented at the NYSSMA Zone 4 Area All State Music Festival held in Rome this past weekend.

Student musicians from Oswego, Herkimer and Oneida counties participated.

Oswego Student Musicians Selected=

Oswego Student Musicians Selected To Elite Group

They were chosen based on their NYSSMA solo festival scores from last spring.

In front (left to right) are Mitchell Rabalais, Jacqueline Hondro, Emily Kolenda and Stephen Hook.

In back are MaryCatherine Rice, Michael Gill, Katherine Schermerhorn, Rebecca Smith, Erin McIntosh, Lisette Dufore, Emilie Benigno, Evelyn Horan, Thomas James Jr. and Michael Phillips.

Absent for the photo was Victoria Frazier.

Buc Bulletin Continues To Be Among The Elite Of High School Newspapers

OSWEGO, NY – Once again the Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin has been recognized as an outstanding scholastic publication.

The most recent honors came at the recent 2010 High School Press Day.

The Buccaneer Bulletin was named the “Best Overall Newspaper.”

Judges noted the paper was “Beautifully organized and presented, the Buccaneer Bulletin really lives up to its name as Oswego High School’s Student Voice. It’s chock full of editorials, strong letters to the editor, opinions, thumbs up and thumbs down, which chronicle the issues of the moment at the school. The staff covers sports, arts and entertainment, club activities and, most important, news that affects the district, the school and the student body. I read that the Buccaneer staff T-shirts read ‘We have issues.’ Well, every newspaper staff should have those kinds of issues.”

Emily DiFabio earned first place recognition for her editorial “Chaperones Wanted, Needed” while Rachel Clark earned a second place award for her editorial entitled “Closing Parks is Closing History.”

In the area of “Entertainment Writing,” Fred Maxon was chosen as the first place recipient for his “one last review – Fred on individuality.”

The judges notes indicated that the “Editor-in-Chief of the school paper does a wise and wonderful job saying goodbye to his schoolmates with a column that digs deeply into his belief system. You are a good young man, Mr. Maxon. I hope your message made some of your peers think hard about life.”

Another ‘Entertainment Writing” award was presented to Kimberlyn Bailey for her story “Rihanna: An evolution to the darker side.”

MaryKate Torbitt, Jasmine Davis and Brittany Ross received a second place award in the “Sports Writing” category for “Former Bucs leave for prep school.”

Three awards were presented to Buc Bulletin columnists.

Kylie Wyman earned joined another writer in a tie for second with her column “Calling All Students: Pull Up Your Pants!”

Meanwhile, a third place tie was judged between Vanessa Sheffield for “I’m Gray in a Black and White World” and Christine Buckingham for “Len a Helping Nub: Acceptance is the Key.”

Kimberlyn Bailey received second place recognition for her cartoon.

Emily DeFabio finished in a tie for third in “Feature Writing” for her story “Movement against the R-word increasing.”

Co-advisor Michael McCrobie noted, “I am proud of the Buccaneer Bulletin staff. There is a tradition at Oswego High of producing a high quality, award winning paper. Our students continue to show their ability to write about the pulse of the school community. Their goal is to produce a quality publication and they achieve that issue after issue.”

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