Yvanna Cabrera, a senior at West Orange High School, was recently awarded first prize for her artwork entitled “The Influence of Che” at the Hispanic Leadership Network Art Show.
Hosted by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, more than 100 pieces of high school student art were on display at the Morris Museum reflecting the theme “Hispanic Influences in Today’s World.”
According to Cabrera’s art teacher Diane LaPenta, Cabrera worked on her piece this past spring during a printmaking unit in her Art 2 class and projected a statement about Hispanic influence in the world today.
Cabrera is a student in the advanced placement art program at the high school taught by LaPenta. For her first place award, she received a ribbon and an iPad.
This is the fifth year Novartis Pharmaceuticals has hosted the art show.
The West Orange school district became involved with Novartis through a connection with Jennifer Paull, a fourth grade teacher at Redwood Elementary School who contacted Supervisor of Fine Arts Louis Quagliato so students in the district could display their talents.