HAMBURG - Art students from Immaculata Academy recently participated in WNY United's contest for First Night Buffalo, with students taking first, second, and third place in their age division for art. Gabby Bonerb of Orchard Park (first), May Ren of Eden (second), and Emilee Chiavetta of Angola (third), all freshmen, each had their artwork place in the First Night Buffalo Drug-Free Contest.
With more than 600 entries of artwork and poetry for the contest, art teacher Veronica Benes couldn't be more thrilled for the students.
"The girls really understood the importance of this event and put forth their best efforts to produce quality artwork that make an important social statement," she said.
From left: Art contest winners Gabby Bonerb, May Ren and Emilee Chiavetta, with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
The students all attended the First Night Buffalo Press Conference at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where they received their awards, with Mayor Byron W. Brown in attendance. Their artwork, along with all of the other entries, were displayed at the First Night Bash on New Year's Eve.