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Fashion Illustration Junk Kouture

Glen Cove High School’s Fashion Illustration classes are participating in Junk Kouture. Junk Kouture is a creative platform for students focused on sustainability and fashion. Please click here for more information.


GCHS Media Arts student sophomore Ryan Koenig created this original Garageband instrumental/song. Listen LOUD!!

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Photography Students Visit Canon

Students in Melissa Johnides’ Photography 2 class enjoyed a rare trip to Canon U.S.A. in Melville.
D.J. Montalto, the parent of junior and photo student Delaney Montalto, helped select 25 Photography 2 students to explore the showroom at Canon U.S.A.’s new office building. The students were given a taste of Canon through a number of presenters who covered various topics, including Canon's mission statement, intern program, photography and printing equipment, medical equipment and virtual reality devices. The students also enjoyed a hands-on experience with all of the items in the showroom.
According to Johnides, Canon’s staff was impressed with the level of enthusiasm and photography knowledge shown by the students and shared information regarding the visit via Twitter.    

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Student Work Is Picture-Perfect

Sophomores Samantha Barry and Alexa Mundell were selected as winners in the Photographic Society of America’s 2015 Youth Photography Showcase.

Barry placed first in the Creative Color category with a silhouette made by using a double exposure technique. Mundell placed third in the Monochrome category with her black and white self-portrait. Both winning entries will advance to the Photographic Society of America’s international competition.

Eleven of Melissa Johnides’ Photo II students entered works in the categories of Architecture, Landscapes/Seascapes, Portraits/Pets, Photojournalism, Monochrome and Creative Color. This is the second year that two of Johnides’ students have placed in this competition.

To view all of the award-winning photographs from the 2015 PFLI Youth Showcase clink on the link below:



Art in Heart Exhibit

The artwork of four Glen Cove High School students is on display in the Long Island Teacher Association’s Art in Heart exhibit at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville.

Congratulations to Peter Archambault, Jahniese Barnes, Samantha Barry and Julie Micko. In addition to having their work shown in the exhibit, Archambault and Micko received an Award of Excellence for their collaboration on a digital photograph.

The Art in Heart exhibit is open for viewing Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 17. The exhibit will also be open on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The reception for the exhibition is Sunday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. with an awards ceremony for secondary student award winners at 2 p.m.


 Mural Brings Life to Computer Lab

Glen Cove High School student Jennifer Canales and former student Elizabeth Alvarado created and painted a mural in the school’s newly renovated computer lab.
Art and photography teacher Melissa Johnides said the pair went above expectations with the project, which they completed on their own time after school. Canales created the design for the mural and said it “represents the variety of nationalities and cultures in Glen Cove.” 

Alvarado has moved out of the Glen Cove area and was not present for its completion.


Alumna’s Photography Selected for Exhibit

A photograph by Glen Cove High School Class of 2014 graduate Ana Jaco was exhibited during the Photographic Society of America’s 2014 National Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

Jaco’s portrait was entered into the “People/Animals” category.  Her work was selected along with 18 other entries from around the country in the same category to be displayed at the exhibit. Jaco is currently majoring in photography at Nassau Community College.



HS Artists’ Creativity Not Confined to Dimensions 

Four talented Glen Cove High School students recently participated in the annual Long Island University 12 x 12 Art Exhibit, which showcases the artwork of teens from throughout Nassau County. GCHS’s four original computer art images where created in Stephen Lombardo's Media Arts class using Photoshop. Pictured here with their works are  (from top, left to right) Oneil Stone, Rayvaun Satterfield, (bottom left to right) Natalie Tenke and Keishmy Maisonet Reyes.

LIU’s 12 x12 exhibit was open to student artists submitting 12” x 12” two-dimensional media, 12” x 12” x 12” three-dimensional media, and time-based video submissions that were 144 seconds or less in running time.



 HS Photography Student Wins 1st and 3rd Place Awards

Congratulations to Glen Cove High School senior Jackelyn Hayduk who won both the 1st and 3rd place awards at the Photographic Society of America's Youth Photography Showcase, organized by the PSA's Long Island Council. As a result, Jackelyn has won a cash prize, the honor of being published and her work will be exhibited on the national stage!

Jackelyn won 1st place in the Photojournalism category for a photograph of her grandfather roping a calf while on horseback in Wyoming. She also won 3rd place in the Landscape category for a stormy Wyoming landscape. Her winning photos, along with her biography, will be published in the September 2014 issue of the PSA Journal and will be displayed on the PSA website. Her winning photos will also be exhibited during the PSA's 2014 National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Locally, her photos will be exhibited on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:30pm – 6:30pm, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Road in Garden City.

Jackelyn will be attending Drexel University, studying Interactive Digital Design in the fall. Her photography teacher is Melissa Johnides.




 GCHS on Display at Women’s Photography Exhibit
(Change of Venue)

For the fourth year in a row the work of Melissa Johnides' photography students will be on display in New York City as part of the Professional Women Photographer’s Annual Student Photography Exhibit. Seniors Dakota Herman and Elsie Goodman have submitted work for the 'Self-Portraits' themed show, open to the entire New York metropolitan area.  

Originally scheduled for the Calumet Gallery, the exhibit has been moved across the street to Foto Care located at 43 W. 22nd St. between 5th and 6th Avenues. The opening reception will still take place on Saturday, March 15, with a time change of 4:30-6 p.m. This year's guest speaker, Debra L. Rothenberg, is an award-winning photographer whose latest book Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980-2012 will be auctioned at the reception. Mrs. Johnides has had a student take home an award from this show in two of the last four years, so she has high hopes for Dakota and Elsie!

The Professional Women Photographer’s Student Photography Exhibit runs through March 22. Admission is free. Foto Care is open Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 8:00PM and Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM. For more information call (212) 741-2991.


21 Glen Cove Artists on Display in All-County Show at Adelphi

Twenty-one Glen Cove student artists representing all six schools will have their work displayed at the Art Supervisors Association of Nassau County’s All-County Art Exhibit at Adelphi University in Garden City this Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. The free exhibit will take place at the Ruth S. Harley Center and will honor more than 1,200 Kindergarten through twelfth grade students who have demonstrated excellence in a wide variety of two-dimensional visual art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, computer graphics, and photography. This year, over 400 art educators from more than 200 schools in 45 Nassau County school districts, will submit student artwork for this prestigious exhibit.

The following Glen Cove School District students will have their work on display at the exhibit:

Connolly School: Colleen Coelho, Reese Comitino
Deasy School: Alisa Tarasovskaya
Gribbin School: Angelica Batres Guardado, Sofia Greco
Landing School: Priscilla Dolan, Holly Farnan
Finley Middle School: Tara Coelho, Elizabeth Chavez, Alexa Dominguez, Anna Nazarova, Lauren Retoske
Glen Cove High School: Michelle Arguello, Martin Bonilla, Jennifer Canales, Jenna Cunniff, Herman Dakota, Taylah Hudson, Papa Kassandra, Delaney Montaito, Natalie Tenke (ASA scholarship winner)

Congratulations to the students and their art teachers. Below is a slideshow of many of the works that will be on display.


Two from Glen Cove HS on Display at Women’s Photography Exhibit

For the fourth year in a row the work of Melissa Johnides' photography students will be on display at the Calumet Gallery in New York City as part of the Professional Women Photographer’s Annual Student Photography Exhibit. Seniors Dakota Herman and Elsie Goodman have submitted work for the 'Self-Portraits' themed show, which was open to the entire New York metropolitan area.  

The opening reception will be held at the Calumet Gallery on Saturday, March 15, from 2:00-3:30, located at 22 W. 22nd St., between 5th and 6th Avenues. This year's guest speaker, Debra L. Rothenberg, is an award-winning photographer whose latest book Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980-2012 will be auctioned at the reception. Mrs. Johnides has had a student take home an award from this show in two of the last four years, so she has high hopes for Dakota and Elsie!

The Professional Women Photographer’s Student Photography Exhibit runs through March 22. Admission is free. The Calumet Gallery is open Monday – Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM and Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:30PM. For more information call (212) 989-8500.



 Mrs. Johnides' Photo 1 students create David Hockney inspired Joiners


Mentoring Artists

LeeAnn Palazzo’s second-grade art students from Gribbin School visited Vicki Gordon’s ceramics classes at Glen Cove High School to work together in the planning, molding, and creation of clay pinch pots. The GCHS students mentored the Gribbin youngsters as they worked in groups.



Photography Students Volunteer from the Heart

Approximately a dozen Glen Cove High School photography students volunteered to work as docents at a Glen Cove designer showhouse – a former Pratt Mansion that was converted into an interior design for the American Heart Association’s “Home Where the Heart Is” display.
Students volunteered for weekend shifts during the month of November. Approximately 25 top interior and landscape designers from the New York metropolitan area collaborated to turn this spectacular, classic colonial revival estate into a decorating masterpiece. Proceeds from the showhouse admission fees benefit the AHA of Long Island.

Alumnus Commissioned for Mural

Evan Goodman, a 2008 Glen Cove High School graduate, has been commissioned to draw a playful mural at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Last year Evan, whose sister Elsie is an award-winning photography student in Melissa Johnides’ class at GCHS, graduated valedictorian from the School of Visual Arts' School of Illustration. The museum reached out to him to create a whimsical illustrated mural that will be up for 3 years as a museum renovation goes on behind it.  You can see him working and talking here at:

Fun Fall Art - Mrs.Johnides' Studio Art class used leaves and pastels to create some fun fall artwork.



GCHS Students Design Day of the Dead Skulls 

Students in Melissa Johnides Studio Art class at Glen Cove High School have been working on a project to celebrate "Day of the Dead" as part of the school's recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Day of the Dead is a  Mexican holiday which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those loved ones who have died. A national holiday in Mexico, Day of the Dead is held on Nov. 1-2  in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with Day of the Dead include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Ms. Johnides' students are seen here creating colorful skull masks.

Springtime Rain - Photo 1 with Mrs. Johnides 


GCHS Artists on Display at LIU Post

Come see the work of five Glen Cove High School student artists at Long Island University C.W. Post's 10th Annual 12 x 12 Exhibition!  Junior Jackelyn Hayduk, Sophomores Abbey Farnan and Kevin Shannon, and Freshmen Gadal LeTellier and Adriana Veritz will have their 12 x 12 digital photographs on display May 9th - 15th in the HSAL Gallery at LIU Post.  An awards reception will be held on May 15th from 5-7pm.

HS Ceramic Artist Takes Top Prize at NCC Fair

Congratulations to Glen Cove High School junior Rayvaun Satterfield, who recently won first place in the Ceramic Sculpture category at the Nassau Community College Annual Arts Fair, held on April 6.

“Rayvaun is a student with an outstanding attitude,” said his ceramics teacher, Vicki Gordon, who spoke about how his original sculpture was accidently destroyed when it fell from a pedestal while on display at NCC. Rayvaun re-titled the piece "The End of the Journey," which is currently in pieces and on display in a case at the NCC gallery with a picture of the project in its original state.

The theme of the gallery is “Journeys: Travel to Outer Spaces, Middle Spaces and Inner Spaces,” which will be running for the next two weeks at NCC.

“Rayvaun is an exceptionally talented student who visualizes the world around him in a way that enables him to create dramatic and challenging 3D ceramic pieces,” added Ms. Gordon.

“I like the challenge of doing things that people think cannot be done,” said Rayvaun. “I use my imagination to establish my goals." 

GCHS Students In NYC Photo Exhibit, Ana Jaco Wins 2nd Place!

Seven of Glen Cove High School's female photography students displayed their work in New York City for two weeks as part of the Professional Women Photographers Ninth Annual Student Exhibit. Kayla Blihar, Iris Brody, Jackelyn Hayduk, Ana Jaco, Jessica Reynolds, Sara Tenke and Bryana Vasquez all submitted photographs under this year's theme "Macro Photography" were on display at the Calumet Gallery in Manhattan during the month of March.  

Congratulations to junior Ana Jaco who won second place overall and a cash award for her beautiful macro photos of flowers. This is the third year Ms. Johnides' students have been exhibited at the PWP's exhibit, which seeks to highlight and inspire young female artists. It’s also the second time GCHS has had a winner!


A Gold Key for Artistry

Glen Cove High School junior Alejandro Rosa Salinas is the recipient of the prestigious Gold Key for photography award in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

Selected from over 200,000 entries, Alejandro’s original photograph entitled "Night Swing" has earned him the Gold Key for the Northeast region – the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Only 7-10% of all regional submissions are recognized with the Gold Key and all are considered for national recognition, making Alejandro eligible for additional honors and prizes. National medalists will be announced on Friday, March 15, 2013.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of the nation’s youth including young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, as well as countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers presents the awards annually to bring the exceptional artistic and literary talents of teens to a national audience.
Alejandro is seen here displaying his winning work as he is congratulated by (L-R) Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria, his photography teacher Stephen Lombardo and GCHS Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton. Congratulations to Alejandro and best of luck in the nationals.

PTA Reflections

Congratulations to Jackelyn Hayduk whose PTA Reflections submission is moving on to State!  Jackelyn captured this photograph while visiting her family in Wyoming and entered it into the annual PTA Reflections contest.  This years theme was "The Magic of a Moment". 

Glen Cove High School Artists Showcased at
CW Post Advanced Visions Show

Two Glen Cove High School students have been selected to participate in a special LIU/C.W. Post exhibit, titled Advanced Visions: High School Artists of Excellence.  The creative works of Jackelyn Hayduk and Natalie Tenke, students of Mrs. Johnides and Ms. Doughty, are featured at the show, which will run from now until its closing night awards reception on Wednesday, January 30th.  You can view Natalie’s acrylic painting of master surrealist Salvador Dali and Jackelyn’s vivid photograph of the Wyoming landscape daily from 5-8pm at CW Post’s Hillwood S.A.L. Gallery, or join them at the closing reception on Wednesday, January 30th from 5-8pm. 

ReflectionssnoitcelfeR  by Mrs. Johnides' Photo 1 class
Every year, Miss. Francisco’s Spanish 3R classes create "Nuestra Ciudad," or, “Our City”.  Students create shoebox dioramas of all the places that make up a city.  Students label and describe their city place in Spanish and use varied materials to make this Spanish city come alive. You can expect to see everything from a repair shop made with Legos to a beauty salon made with PlayDough.  

This year, Mrs. Johnides’ Photo 1 class visited Miss. Francisco’s class to photograph their dioramas in the style of photographer Sandra Elkind.  Elkind is known for her extreme close-up’s of miniature models that can play with the viewer’s sense of reality. Though Elkind’s work is inspired my childhood memories, she has not tackled high school Spanish!  Mrs. Johnides’ students sought to photograph the dioramas in a way that would make the miniatures feel like they could in fact be real-world scenes.

GCHS Photography Student Takes 3rd Place
in the Huntington Camera Club’s High School Competition

Glen Cove High School Sophomore, Elsie Goodman, recently took 3rd Place in the Self-Portrait category at the Huntington Camera Club’s 22nd Annual High School Competition, sponsored by Nikon.  Elsie has been studying photography with Ms. Manzione for two years, and this is a big win for her as almost 800 photographs from high schools across Long Island were received for the camera club’s three category competition.

The judges chose Elsie’s self-portrait as a winner because of the beauty and difficulty of the shot.  They highlighted her ability to balance her expression and the sharpness of her eyes with other elements of the photo like the shower steam, water drops on the glass door, and the overall tonality of the shot.

This is the third Huntington Camera Club win for Ms. Manzione’s photography students in 4 years.  Last year, Nicole DiGiovanni won 1st place in the Open category, and in 2009, Kevin Bencio won an Honorable Mention in the Old & New category.  All work can be seen at: 

GCHS Senior Wins His Second
Photography Award This Year

Andrew Vela, a Glen Cove High School Senior, recently won an Honorable Mention in the 19th Annual Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Photography Contest, sponsored by the Tiffen Company.  The contest was open to photographers of all ages and the center received over 700 entries, making this an exciting win for Andrew and Ms. Melissa Manzione, his photography teacher of three years.  Andrew’s photograph, 4th of July Sunset, will be added to the Gurwin Center’s permanent photography collection.  The center believes the contest winners will, “enhance the lives of residents through the exhibition of these breathtaking photos”.

The Honorable Mention is Andrew Vela’s second award for his photography this year.  In March, his on-stage perspective of the Glen Cove High School Fashion Show won him Best-In-Show at Glen Cove’s own 100 Best Communities For Young People celebration.  As Andrew is also an AP student and a member of the Select Chorale, his talents and academics are sure to see him far into his future.  

Best in Show at Media Arts Show

A video created by two of Stephen Lombardo's Media Art students at Glen Cove High School was selected as “Best in Show for Video/Computer Animation” at the recent LI Media Arts Show held at Five Towns College. The video collaboration of Mauro Carignano and Joseph Calamusas was among those chosen to advance to the Suffolk County Film Commission where approximately a dozen of the pieces will be shown for the annual student film festival entitled, “First Exposure” to be held in May at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Pictured from left to right, Joseph, Mauro, and Mr. Lombardo.
Glen Cove High School students Elsie Goodman and Michal Murawski were selected to participate in the celebrated LIU/C.W. Post exhibit titled, Advanced Visions VIII: High School Artists of Excellence. Elsie Goodman, a 10th grade student of Ms. Manzione, submitted a digital print of a film negative taken during a concert in New York City.  The image’s composition, dramatic coloring, focus and grain all contribute to its capturing the essence of the moment.

Congratulations to Michal Murawski whose work was awarded Honorable Mention.  Michal is a tenth grade student of Mrs. Doughty. He submitted a black and white portrait of Tom Hanks. Michal is able to convey to the viewer that a portrait is much more than the physical characteristics of a person. He explores expression, mood, technique as well as historical context.  Michal is currently contributing his portrait painting talents to a collaborative triptych presently under construction at the high school. In the future Michal plans to pursue his creative talents studying architecture.
Sophomore Dakota Herman's photo is on its way to the State level of this years PTA Reflections Contest.  Dakota's photo was chosen as a winner in the district, and then the county, as a photo that fits the open-ended phrase, "Diversity is...".
This will be for a display of the I-beam recovered from the World Trade Center that was donated to our school. Mrs. Wright taught her students a process of using Pariscraft to cover hands and arms which will be used for the sculpture.  These hands and arms will hold up the I-beam sculpture. When finished it will be located in The High School entrance. This I beam sculpture is symbolic of the many men and women who lost their life in 911.






Color Splash

Mrs. Johnides Photo 1 class

Media Arts

Mr. Lombardo's students


Miss Manzione's students

2010-2011 Archive

Digital Photography

Digital Photography Slideshow

Student Photography Exhibits


Media Arts

Mr.Lombardo's Students Slideshow


Studio Art and Creative Crafts

Studio Art and Creative Crafts Slideshow - Lori Sklar, Glen Cove Art Teacher

Thursday, December 09, 2021