Stillwater High School student literature and art featured in 2024 Talent Unlimited Journal

Collage image of four photos. Photo on top shows three students sitting at desks and smiling together for a photo. Photo on the bottom shows a student standing next to his digitally-created artwork. Photo on the left shows a student smiling next to her drawing of a house. Photo on the right shows a student smiling next to her digitally-created artwork.
TOP LEFT: Alexandria Thompson, Grade 12, artist of “Nostalgia.” TOP RIGHT: Emma Nardini, Grade 12, author of “Finding Light in Dark Spaces,” Jordan Conlen Putnam, Grade 12, author of “Pa,” and Lily Izzo, Grade 12, author of “Wherever I Go You’ll Be There.” BOTTOM LEFT: Eziyon Medina, Grade 10, artist of “Family Trips.” BOTTOM RIGHT: Krysta Grignon, Grade 12, artist of “Olive Oil.”
Vincent Festa, Grade 9, author of “Never Shall I Forget.”

Eleven Stillwater High School students are officially published writers and artists after being accepted into the 2024 Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES Talent Unlimited Literary Arts Journal. The annual publication highlights original compositions from students in grades 7-12, ranging from poems and essays to photographs and drawings. A total of 22 component school districts participated in this year’s event, with over 90 student submissions. Various literary and artistic works from the following Stillwater students were chosen for this year’s journal:

  • Lily Izzo, Grade 12, Writing: “Wherever I Go You’ll Be There”
  • Jordan Conlen Putnam, Grade 12, Writing: “Pa”
  • Vincent Festa, Grade 9, Writing: “Never Shall I Forget”
  • Emma Nardini, Grade 12, Writing: “Finding Light in Dark Spaces”
  • Sadie Hazen, Grade 10, Art: “Memory Lane”
  • Justin Putnam, Grade 10, Art: “The Gang”
  • Eziyon Medina, Grade 10, Art: “Family Trips”
  • Ava Russell, Grade 12, Art: “In Memory of My Best Friend”, “Childhood Memories”
  • Alexandria Thompson, Grade 12, Art: “Nostalgia”
  • Krysta Grignon, Grade 12, Art: “Olive Oil”
  • Ashley Ossias, Grade 10, Art: “Let Me Stay at the Beach Forever”
Ashley Ossias, Grade 10, artist of “Let Me Stay at the Beach Forever” and the 2024 Talent Unlimited Art Exhibit Honoree.

To celebrate students and their creations, WSWHE BOCES held a recognition ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, at their Ballard Road Conference Center in Wilton, NY. The event commemorated the honor and gave community members the opportunity to view selected works. In addition, Stillwater High School senior Ashley Ossias was chosen as this year’s Talent Unlimited Art Exhibit Honoree; her painting, “Let Me Stay at the Beach Forever,” will be displayed in the lobby of the conference center for the next year.

In addition, students who submitted their work to Talent Unlimited had the option to submit their compositions to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Festival of Young Artists, which will be held on Sunday, June 2, at SPAC. Artwork from four Stillwater High School students were selected for the festival, including sophomore Sadie Hazen, junior Milo Bentley-Price, sophomore Ashley Ossias and senior Alexandria Thompson.

Congratulations to all students!

Ava Russell, Grade 10, artist of “In Memory of My Best Friend (below)” and “Childhood Memories.”


Sadie Hazen, Grade 10, artist of “Memory Lane”
Justin Putnam, Grade 10, artist of “The Gang”