Some of the area’s most creative middle and high school students gathered at Skidmore College to celebrate the 28th annual publication of the Talent Unlimited Literary Arts Journal.
The journal, a publication of WSWHE BOCES’s Gifted and Talented program, features artwork and writings by 90 students from 17 area school districts.
The event featured an exhibition of their art, including photography, drawings and illustrations; readings of poetry, stories and essays; as well as a special keynote address from young adult author Eric Devine.
As the novelist of such teen fiction as “Dare Me” and “Tap Out,” Mr. Devine spoke to the students about his struggle to land success in the literary world. He told them that it often comes after years of failure, but to be true to one’s chosen art – whether visual or written – one must continue to pursue one’s passion with blind devotion.
“If you love what you do and sacrifice yourself to it, you will ultimately achieve,” said Mr. Devine whose next novel “Press Play” is due out in the fall.
After his talk and more readings from students from Galway, Hudson Falls, Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville, Gifted and Talented Coordinator Kim Wegner read off the name of each participating student. As they stepped down in front of the auditorium, to be presented two copies of the journal, they posed for photos and received enthusiastic applause.
Inclusion in the journal is an accomplishment as the students were judged by professionals in the field of visual art and literature. The jurors viewed and read hundreds of submissions to narrow it down to the 90 special works printed.
Eileen Minder, a Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Support Specialist, edited the journal and planned the Skidmore College celebration.
Congratulations to all.
To see a slide show of the event, click here.