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Merit awards were presented to the following students from Western New York:

• Christine McCoy, “Untitled,” Alden High School

• Kayla Jackson, “Glass Elevator,” Akron High School

• Alexa Zurek, “Sleeping Beauties,” Amherst High School

• Jennifer Holley, “Untitled,” Cassadaga Valley High School

• Alex Macchioni, “Reflections of Nature,” Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School

• Sydney Moxley, “Dani,” Charter School for Applied Technologies

• Sarah Wolfe, “Hidden,” Clarence High School

• Constance Pullinzi, “Matrimonio Italiano,” Genesee Valley BOCES

• Jackie Chuchanis, “Breakaway,” Kenmore East High School

• Jessica Trainor, “Sonic Fractures,” Kenmore West High School

• Sadie Petito, “Arachnophobia,” Lewiston-Porter High School

• Xavier Krull, “Butterflies,” Lockport High School

• Taylor Bisher, “The Woods,” Newfane High School

• Tyler Traina, “Denny Lane,” North Tonawanda High School

• Elise Walsh, “View from Erice,” Mount St. Mary Academy

• Nikita Harding, “Pressure,” Pembroke High School

• Brenden Whitford, “Nature’s Escape at Pingevellir,” Royalton Hartland High School

• Taylor West, “U.S. Olympic Training,” Southwestern High School

• Hannah Sigurdson, “Two Sides,” Sweet Home High School

• Brooke Smith, “Peacock,” Tonawanda High School

• Emily Bezbatchenko, “In Suspension,” Williamsville East High School

• Stephen Rinaldo, “Flower in the Water,” Williamsville North High School