Raise those paint brushes for Nasir Muhamed and Lisbeth De Los Santos, budding artists featured in the 2017 Police Athletic League Calendar. Last summer, student-campers studied the indigenous peoples of the world and explored the history, culture, sports, food, holidays, festivals, customs, and languages of each native group.
Brooklyn camper Nasir, who hails from the Wynn Center on Gates Avenue, depicted the Pygmies of Central Africa. His painting will be featured in the calendar the month of April. IS 218 Beacon camper Lisbeth De Los Santos, 13, chose the Ifugao of the Philippines, which will grace the September.
PAL Executive Director Frederick Watts said, “I see first-hand the great work our inner-city kids produce. Their hard work and creativity was instrumental in producing our beautiful calendar.”
PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, youth organization.
Wynn Center [495 Gates Ave. in Clinton Hill, (718) 230–8477; IS 218 Beacon at 370 Fountain Ave. in East New York, (718) 277–1928; www.palny
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Brooklyn’s Anthony Moravian is a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest. The contest — one of the most prestigious illustration competitions — is in its 28th year and is judged by some of the biggest names in speculative fiction.
His winning submissions have earned him a cash prize, a trip to Hollywood for a week-long intensive workshop, a ticket to a gala awards ceremony that draws in excess of one thousand attendees, a shot at winning the Golden Brush Award, and a $5,000 cash prize. His art will be published in the annual bestseller “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33.”
His classic techniques create realistic fantasy themes. He specializes in charcoal drawings and oil paintings.
The award is the genre’s most prestigious of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful, and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 32 anthology volumes and awarded a nearly $1,000,000 in cash prizes and royalties.
Standing O wishes Anthony congratulations and good luck.
Lace the trainers
Hats off to the 18 members of the St. Edmund Prep Track team that participated in a 2.5-mile run sponsored by the New York Roadrunners Club at Marine Park last year. Yes, Standing O is a bit behind, but better late than never.
The sponsorship money raised by the runners was enough to cover the cost of five pairs of Timberland Boots, which were donated to the Bread and Life Christmas Drive at Resurrection Church in Gerritsen Beach. The boots were distributed to homeless children during the holidays.
Standing O says, “Thank you runners, someone’s tootsies will be warm as toast this cold, wintry season.”
St. Edmund Preparatory High School [2474 Ocean Ave. at Avenue T in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 743–6100].
Doing great work
Congrats to Dr. Allen Norin, professor of medicine and cell biology and director of transplant immunology and immunogenetics at State University New York Downstate Medical Center. He was elected to represent the New York State Transplant Laboratories on the Histocompatibility Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the organ-transplant waiting list in the United States.
Dr. Norin has served for many years on the medical board of the greater New York metropolitan area organ procurement organization LiveOnNY, as the representative of the six histocompatibility laboratories in New York City.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center [450 Clarkson Ave. in Crown Heights, (718) 270–2696].