Ulster County CYO Art and Essay Contest Hosted by Catholic Charities

More than 200 Students Participated in Annual Contest

KINGSTON – The creative and artistic talents of the students from Kingston Catholic School and John A. Coleman High School were on display at the annual Ulster County CYO Art and Essay Contest Art Show hosted by Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster at the agency’s Ulster Community Center in Kingston. More than 200 works of art were submitted by students in grades one through 12 from the two schools. This year, there were many contributions to the essay contest as well.

The submitted artwork featured a wide variety of media including pen, pencil, pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. The judging was divided into six different age categories.

The “Best in Show” winners were as follows:

Cadence Tuey (Kingston Catholic School) – 1st/2nd grade division
Owen Hattenbrun (Kingston Catholic School) – 3rd/4th grade division
Taylor Fall (Kingston Catholic School) – 5th/6th grade division
Paige Bennett (Kingston Catholic School) – 7th/8th grade division
Sara Jo Jeiter Johnson (John A. Coleman High School) – 9th/10th grade division
Serenity Donahue (John A. Coleman High School) – 11th/12th grade division

The first, second, and third place winners in each division moved forward for judging at the Archdiocesan level. Winners of the Archdiocese of New York contest were invited to attend the Archdiocesan Art and Essay awards ceremony in New York City.

“The Art and Essay contest is a great opportunity for students from all grades to express their creativity, learn more about the wide variety of programming available through CYO, and enjoy some friendly competition,” said Walter Gaceta. “We’re very proud of all of our winners and are delighted to have two Ulster County students place at the Archdiocesan level,” added Gaceta.

Serenity Donahue, from John A. Coleman High School representing the 11th/12th grade division, placed third overall in the Archdiocesan judging, and 7th grader Veronica Kwiecinski, from Kingston Catholic School, placed second overall in the essay competition.

Ulster County CYO hosts the Art and Essay contest each spring. Additional information is available from Walter Gaceta at walter.gaceta@cccsos.org or 845.340.9170, x107.


Showing off the CYO Art and Essay contest “Best of Show” winners at the art show and opening night reception at Catholic Charities’ Ulster County Community Center are art teachers Melissa Cascio (left) from Kingston Catholic School and Lauren Hollick (right) from John A. Coleman High School. The winners went on to be judged at the Archdiocesan level.