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Summit's Erin Harvey, Christina Maurizi, Natalie Commesso, Grace Johnson and Caroline Westdyk Among 14 Oak Knoll Student Photographers Earning Scholastic Art Awards

Erin Harvey - 'Egg Hunt'
Christina Maurizi - 'Oculus'
Natalie Commesso - 'Snow Angel'
Natalie Commesso - 'Little Adventure'
Grace Johnson - 'Mateo'
Grace Johnson - 'Profiles'
Grace Johnson - 'Finally'
Grace Johnson - 'Pieced Together'
Caroline Westdyk - 'I'm Not a Terrorist'

SUMMIT, NJ - Erin Harvey, Christina MauriziNatalie Commesso, Grace Johnson, and Caroline Westdyk -- all from the Hilltop City and each a student at Oak Knoll School -- are part of a group of 14 student photographers and artists who have been recognized in the 2017 Regional Scholastic Art Competition.

Art and photography by students at Oak Knoll's all-girls middle and high schools earned Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards amid more than 4,200 entries from private and public schools in northern New Jersey.

The competition, in which only a fourth of entries earn such distinction, also included drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramic submissions.

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The Oak Knoll winners include:

- Erin Harvey '18, of Summit, won a Gold Key for her photo "Egg Hunt."
- Christina Maurizi '18, of Summit, earned a Gold Key for her photo "Oculus."
- Natalie Commesso '17, of Summit, was awarded two Silver Keys for her photos entitled: "Snow Angel" and "Little Adventure." Last year, Commesso received an Honorable Mention for her photo "Autumn Face."
- Grace Johnson '17, of Summit, received Honorable Mentions for her photos "Pieced Together," "Mateo," "Finally" and "Profiles."
- Caroline Westdyk '17, of Summit, earned an Honorable Mention for her photo "I'm Not a Terrorist."
- Shannon Costello '19, of Morristown, is a Gold Key winner for her photo "Pride."
- Kathryn Flanagan '17, of Green Village, earned a Gold Key for her photo entitled: "Happy 80th."
- Allison Palmeri '17, of Franklin Lakes, is a Gold Key winner for her photo "Liberty." This photo of an Olympic boxer training was taken during a historic photography trip to Cuba a group of students, faculty and parents embarked on last year.
- Mary Kate Bucknam '17, of Chatham, earned a Silver Key in photography for her photo "Olympic Boxer." This photo was also taken during the historic Cuban trip.
- Christina Nguyen '18, of Watchung, won a Silver Key in art for "All Creatures Great and Small."
- Emma Saheed '18, of West Caldwell, won a Silver Key for her photo "Dr. Eckleberg's Eyes." She also earned an Honorable Mention for her photo "Disturbance."
- Isabel Salas '18, of Verona, was named a Silver Key winner for her photo "Montclair and Adidas."
- Margot Christ '17, of Basking Ridge, also received an Honorable Mention for her photo "Time on Their Hands."
- Stacy Fortes '18, of Union, earned an Honorable Mention for her photo "Sunset in a Bottle."
- Lily Sutton '17, of Chatham, received an Honorable Mention for her photo "Gone Fishing."

The students' work will be on display when the Scholastics Regional Exhibition opens on February 23, with a 6 p.m. reception at the Montclair Art Museum. The exhibit runs through March 26.

Oak Knoll photography teacher Jennifer Breitenstein lauded the photo winners, noting how Costello's "Pride" marked the first time an Oak Knoll sophomore earned Scholastic Arts recognition for a darkroom print.

She also expressed pride in her students who have demonstrated a passion for photography throughout their high school years.

"It is one of my major pleasures to see a student who shows potential in the middle school grades continue taking photography through senior year and develop an individual style and subject matter in their portfolio," she said.

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