News from BML
December 2021

Fourteen Brighton Area Students

Win 5x7xDesign Teen Art Contest

       Of the 350 submissions, fourteen students from Brighton area schools were selected to receive special recognition for their winning artwork in Brighton Memorial Library’s (BML) 20th Annual 5x7xDesign Teen Art Contest. The Art Opening and Winners’ Reception will be held Thursday, December 16 from 6:30-7:30 PM at the library. Visitors will have the opportunity to view all the submissions and meet the winning artists.

       Senior Division (grades 10-12) winners were as follows: First Place Alayna Meyer from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women; Second Place Sorah Libman from Brighton High School; and Honorable Mentions Rabina Aqa Jan from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Nora Babbitt from Brighton High School, Isabella Bondi from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Ella Dunning from Brighton High School, and Maya Luehmann from Brighton High School.

       Junior Division (grades 6-9) winners were the following: First Place Naveena Primo from Twelve Corners Middle School; Second Place Christopher Zaremba from Twelve Corners Middle School; and Honorable Mentions Paige Pappajohn from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Daria Shalaeva Twelve Corners Middle School, Molly Tehan from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Gillian Zawacki from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, and Amina Bennis, who is homeschooled.

       A panel of three judges blindly views all the work. The name of the artists and the school they attend are hidden before judging begins. All work, regardless of the medium, must be 5" x 7" in size and no more than 1" thick. Scores are generated using a five-point scale in three categories: originality/creativity, composition, and technique. The artists of the top scored work in each division receive a cash prize from the Friends of Brighton Memorial Library and a certificate.

       The 5x7xDesign Teen Art Contest provides an opportunity for students in grades 6-12 who live in or attend school in Brighton to have their artwork on display at the library. Art and photography teachers, school librarians, homeschoolers, and other educators across the district are huge supporters of this contest. Media frequently include collage, watercolor, plaster, clay, ink, colored pencil, and more.

       For more information, contact Deena Viviani, Young Adult Services Manager, at 585-784-5342 or


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