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Immaculata Academy students take top three spots in art contest

THE NEXT PICASSO — Immaculata Academy art contest winners show off their art awards. Pictured, from left: May Ren of Eden, Mulin Chen of Springville and Justine Chiavetta of Angola. Photo submitted by Kimberlee Marciniak.
HAMBURG — For the second year in a row, students from Immaculata Academy participated in Western New York United’s “Drug Free New Year” art and poetry contest, and IA had students place first, second and third in their age division for art.

Sophomores Yaxin “May” Ren and Mulin Chen took the top two spots, and senior Justine Chiavetta placed third.

More than 500 entries of artwork and poetry were submitted from 15 schools and community organizations, for the contest.

Art teacher Veronica Benes said that she could not be more thrilled for her students. “I am so proud of our girls’ enthusiasm and talent to create the winning posters for this very important drug-free event,” she said.

The students all attended the WNY United press conference at The Fairgrounds in Hamburg on Dec. 6, where they received their awards. Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard was in attendance.

The students’ artwork, along with all of the other entries, are currently on display at The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights.

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