Nonnewaug Art Students Honored in National Art Competition


Celebrating Art


This summer, Leeza Desjardins, an art teacher from Nonnewaug High School, submitted several pieces of her student’s artwork to a contest that was held for student artists throughout the United States.

From those entries, 41 of her students were accepted to be published in the anthology. This exhibits the traits of an outstanding art teacher. One of her students was selected as a Top Ten Winner and several were chosen as High Merit.

Top Ten Winner:

Isabella Donatucci - "Cookie" - Colored Pencil (AP Concentration)

High Merit:

Bryce Bauer - "Alone" - Charcoal (AP Concentration)
Emily Betkoski - "Numbers always Lurking" - Charcoal - Self-Portrait
Paige Brandt - Pastel Landscape
Eva Brown - "Doughnuts" - Colored Pencil (AP Concentration)
Elyza Bruce - "Jonas" - Scratchboard Illustration
Ava Landry - "Support Group" - Colored Pencil (AP Concentration)
Rebecca Levesque - "Caaffeine" - Colored Pencil (AP Concentration)
Melissa Miller - Pastel Landscape
Gianna Piscitelli - Pencil Still Life
Jeff Stein - Watercolor Still Life
Audric Terestenyi - Pastel Landscape

Gallery of Published Works

These students were selected from thousands of entries in their grade division.  Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work and dedication from teachers and students. The contest was held for students in grades K-12. The top ten artists in each division (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) receive special recognition in the art anthology Celebrating Art.  Each Top Ten Winner receives a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $25 award. Art pieces are selected for their creativity, originality, self-expression, craftsmanship and skill. and Blick Art Materials sponsor this contest to offer a creative outlet that honors our youth. Too often the efforts of young artists are unrecognized and they lose their motivation to express themselves. has awarded over $50,000 to students and teachers since 2010.  Teachers, parents, and students alike have been universally pleased with the impact this contest has on student artists.

The upcoming art contest deadline is December 3, 2020.  This is not a contest where every entry is accepted for publication. To enter, students should submit one original entry online at  Each art piece must be submitted with the student’s name, grade, home address (optional), school name, and school address.

If you would like further information about the contest, please contact Tom Worthen, Ph.D. at CelebratingArt, (435) 755-8126.  You can also email Dr. Worthen at