Turning a favorite hobby into a winning art contest entry

April 4, 2018


Kylie Grompone

Student Congress recognized these art contest winners during a recent Mr. O. Show. One winner was announced from each grade. Pictures from left to right are Marileidy Buffa, grade 6; Hugh Hennessey, grade 5; Dani Dominguez – 4th grade; Daniel Acosta, grade 3.

Proud. That’s how sixth grade student Marileidy Buffa describes how she felt after winning a recent art contest at Patrick M. Villano School. Buffa calls art a favorite hobby, and she is often seen walking the hallways with a sketch pad and colorful markers. She uses any spare time to draw anime, a Japanese style of cartoonish artwork. Student Congress sponsored the art contest to promote positive school messages. Buffa spoke to reporters at The Villano View about her winning entry.

Q: Why did you enter the art contest? Can you explain in detail for me?
A: I like drawing. I can literally put just anything on paper.

Q: What is it exactly that you like about art and specifically this style of art?
A: I love anime because it is not that hard. There are not that many steps to do: a line, then a circle. It is more like drawing shapes.

Q: What is the message behind your picture? Can you please explain using details?
A: I drew my friends from a friend group, and then I did the school in the background faded because they are changing schools next year [moving from 6th to 7th grade]. I wrote words saying, “Dream big.”

Q: How did you feel when you heard your name called up as the winner during the last Mr. O Show? Use some adjectives to describe how you felt.
A: It was kind of cool, but I kind of knew [I would win] because everyone was pointing at me.

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