Holly Ziet couldn't have drawn up a better scenario.
Ziet, an aspiring artist and senior at Herricks High School, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Senior Art Scholarship Award by the Nassau County Art Supervisors Association. She received the award at a special ceremony held earlier this month at Adelphi University.
The award is given to a deserving senior who "has consistently demonstrated exemplary talent and passion" in two-dimensional visual art forms, the district said. For winning, she received a $200 cash prize and her artwork was recently highlighted at the 8th Annual All-County Student Art Exhibition at Adelphi's Ruth Harley Hall.
"It was very unexpected," Ziet, 17, said of her win. Of displaying her work, she said: "It's very exciting for me, but it also makes me very nervous."
Ziet said she typically creates illustrations in storyboard format using a sketchbook and pencil before deciding whether to recreate the piece with watercolor or another medium. She has created about 10 pieces so far this year and is often inspired by stories she reads.
Her favorite artist is Norman Rockwell because his work "always tells a story," she said.
Ziet is a member of Herricks' National Art Honor Society.