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Way to Go!: Paola Parola, Valley Stream

Paola Parola, a senior at Valley Stream Central

Paola Parola, a senior at Valley Stream Central High School, earned top scores on the still lifes and self-portraits in her AP Studio Art portfolio. Credit:

A Valley Stream Central High School senior recognized for her art achievements is one of only 16 people worldwide who earned every possible point on the 2015 Advanced Placement Studio Art exam.

Paola Parola, 18, submitted a drawing portfolio featuring 24 pieces she created during the 2014-15 school year. She earned a perfect score of “5” on each one. Portfolios were assessed by at least two highly experienced studio art educators, said Manhattan-based College Board, the nonprofit sponsor of AP coursework and exams.

Parola said her pieces were still lifes and self-portraits in various mediums, such as pen, charcoal and colored pencils.

“I was so ecstatic,” Parola said. Of her creative process, she said, “I take a long time to make a piece. For me, it’s quality over quantity.”

Last year, she placed second nationally in the public service announcement category of the Future Business Leaders of America’s 2015 National Leadership Conference, and she took first places in the Long Island’s Best competition at Heckscher Museum of Art, the Art League of Long Island’s Go APE (Advanced Placement Exhibition) and the Art Guild of Port Washington’s Nassau County High School Student Juried Art Competition & Exhibition.

In addition, Parola placed second in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, allowing her work to be displayed in Washington, D.C.

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