The first annual Student Showcase hosted by Niagara County Community College (NCCC) attracted 38 entries March 22 on the college’s Sanborn campus. Participants competed for more than $2,500 in prize money donated by NCCC faculty and staff. It also included contributions from NCCC Student Life and other student organizations.
More than 200 people voted on the “People’s Choice” award winner, student Maggie Ralph, whose art project was titled “A Bug’s Life.”
The grand prize winners received $1,000 for their project, “Necessity, Utility, Punishment and Elegance: The Complicated History of Ice Sculpture.” The presentation by students Jason Buckley and Dylan Marki included a series of ice carvings representing the art form’s evolution from crude 15th century lanterns to today’s beautiful, functional sculptures.
The division awards recipients included: Business, Technology and the Arts Division winner Jonathon Tedesco for “Innovative Armour Designs”; and Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Division winners Nikole Collins and Victoria Sperduti for “Spherification.” Also taking home prizers were: Humanities and Social Sciences Division winner Leslie Archibald for “Conserving Water through Genetically Engineered Crops”; and Nursing and Allied Health Division winner Krystal Rivers for the “Benefits of Chair Massage.” In addition, the Science, Health and Mathematics Division winner was Ryan Mesavage for “Microgreens: Getting Healthy with Science.”