Encouraging Health and Wellness Through Art

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Last month, the newly opened school based health center in Curtis High School in Staten Island held a student art contest of all mediums depicting "wellness" and "health". The health center displayed a total of 28 submissions during the month of December for students and staff to admire. The judges with the difficult task of selecting the winning art pieces were Curtis H.S. art teacher Emily Yoonsmith and Children's Aid Society's Hersilia Mendez, Director of External Affairs and Communications for Community Schools and Beverly Colon, Vice President, Health & Wellness Division. The winners are:

First place went to Jasmine Williams for her mental health artwork, “Serotonin.” Michel Ortega came in second place for his canvas of the human heart. In third place is Nathanael Cameron for his graphic art. Fourth place is being shared by Emine Akcay and Diana Nguyen.

Curtis High School will display the winning artwork in the school's lobby all this week. All of the talented entries will live on the walls of the student health center. The Children’s Aid Society appreciates the talent and participation of the students at Curtis High School in this Health and Wellness art contest.



Photos from left to right: First place winner Jasmine Williams, second place winner Michel Ortega, guest judge reviewing students art work.