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Students Honored at 30th Annual WSWHE BOCES Talent Unlimited Recognition Ceremony
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The 30thAnnual WSWHE BOCES Talent Unlimited recognition ceremony was held the evening of Wednesday, April 20, in Palamountain Hall/Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College.
Eighty-three students, grades 7-12, from 19 school districts were honored for having their visual art and/or written work accepted and published in the “30thAnnual WSWHE BOCES Talent Unlimited Literary Arts Journal.” Some students had multiple pieces accepted, and for the first time an original song was recognized.
The evening started with a reception in Palamountain Hall with the students’ works on display for guests including family, friends and teachers, to admire and discuss. The group of 250 plus then moved to Gannett Auditorium, where Mrs. Eileen Minder, WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Support Specialist and journal chair, gave opening remarks and was master of ceremonies. Students Madison Akins, Cole Boggan, Joshua DeFayette, Scarlett DeWitt, Jordan Dunn, and Cassidy Lewis read their written pieces aloud, while a slideshow of the visual arts was projected. Senior, Britt Keller of Galway Jr/Sr High School, along with two band members, performed her original music and lyrics, “Where We Went Wrong.”
The guest speaker for the event was Marika McCoola, New York TimesBestselling author of “Baba Yaga’s Assistant,” a graphic novel illustrated by Emily Carroll. Miss McCoola is a 2005 graduate of Glens Falls City School, whose work was accepted and published in the 2004 journal. She encouraged the students to not let themselves be defined by just one aspect of their lives, to keep their options open, and to look back on their work over the coming years. She credited the educators in the region for providing the guidance, encouragement, and resources for students to flourish.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the journals to the students. It was the first time they saw their published work, and for many, their first time having their work published anywhere.
About Talent Unlimited
Talent Unlimited is a collection of stories, essays, poems and illustrations selected from talented students in grades 7-12 from Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamilton, and Essex counties.
This year, over 315 visual works of art were submitted for consideration, along with 140 written pieces. A panel of experts in creative professions conducted the juried process of selecting the work to be published in the journal.
2016 commemorates the 30thanniversary of Talent Unlimited, which was created, developed, and implemented by Mrs. Phyllis W. Aldrich in 1986. She served as the Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education from 1977-2005. She is an educator, innovator, intellectual, and tour de force. She steered the new venture with distinction to the extent of the publication, earning multiple awards and the endorsement of some of America’s most celebrated writers and artists.
"It is an honor to continue coordinating the student journal Phyllis Aldrich started 30 years ago,” stated Mrs. Eileen Minder.