2011-06-08 / Front Page

Queens Students Receive Awards In Astoria Federal Savings Teen Photo Contest

Pictured at the awards reception hosted by Astoria Federal Savings at its Corporate Headquarters in Lake Success are (left to right): Astoria Federal Savings Forest Hills Branch Manager Nana Elisha, Forest Hills High School Student Jessica Vargas, Art Teacher Frank Giella, Student Jessica Santillan and Astoria Federal Savings Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing Brian Edwards.  They both received an award and check for $250, while their teachers were awarded a $100 grant for classroom use.Pictured at the awards reception hosted by Astoria Federal Savings at its Corporate Headquarters in Lake Success are (left to right): Astoria Federal Savings Forest Hills Branch Manager Nana Elisha, Forest Hills High School Student Jessica Vargas, Art Teacher Frank Giella, Student Jessica Santillan and Astoria Federal Savings Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing Brian Edwards. They both received an award and check for $250, while their teachers were awarded a $100 grant for classroom use.Astoria Federal Savings has announced the 12 winners of its annual Teen Photo Contest, open to 13 to 19 year olds. Participating teens were encouraged to use their cameras and creative approaches to capture this year’s theme, “People and Their Pets.” Photos ranged from close-ups to action shots of pets of all sizes. Nearly 900 entries were submitted by students of more than 60 high schools in Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester.

Forest Hills High School Students Jessica Santillan and Jessica Vargas were named among the winners for their photos taken, respectively, of a lapdog perched at the wheel of a car and of a girl looking eye-to-eye with a chameleon. Both pictures aptly pertained to the contest theme.

“This year's contest was so well received," Astoria Federal Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing Brian Edwards said. “We were impressed by the teens' originality and technical skills, and enjoyed seeing the unique approaches they took in portraying the theme. Their creativity really came through!”

The annual contest is one of the many ways Astoria Federal is committed to its Education First initiative to promote lifelong learning in the communities it serves. “Whether we are helping youngsters develop financial literacy or fostering teenagers’ creative expression, we actively support education at every age level,” Edwards said. The winning photographers each won a $250 cash prize, while their schools benefited with a $100 grant for their art teachers’ classroom use.   

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