Italian between words and images: graffiti, pictures, comics
Poster italian contest

Andrea Trivinoa, Woodbridge HS Sophomore Wins National Contest: 

Andrea Trivinoa, sophomore at Woodbridge High School, was recognized for a drawing and her interpretation as a contest winner sponsored by the Italian Embassy. Her teacher, Ileana Ippolito, proudly attended the award ceremony with her.

In her own words, Andrea reflects on this experience, “Professoressa Ippolito encouraged me to participate in the contest. I love taking Italian and learning every single day. The ceremony with the Embassy of Italy was fascinating and a moment I will not forget. I met astonishing workers of the Embassy and shared a moment with other participants that is unforgettable. I will receive a medal of merit from the Embassy and a personal honor of having participated.”

Here are a few of Andrea’s reflections of the drawing that earned her this recognition.

“My drawing represents the concept of something that struck me of Italy. Italy has these beautiful carnivals every year called “Carnevale,“ and I love the way the masks are so detailed and are very unique to each person. Italy represents so much, and it has such a gorgeous culture. I added food into the drawing, because so many amazing foods have been made it Italy. I added the Vaticano because it is very famous for the Pope and the Catholic Church. I drew the leaning tower of Pisa to show a famous destination spot in Italy. The Roman Colosseum is also important to the Italy because of its history.

Italian is such a stunning language and the culture behind Italy is beautiful, too. I wanted to put together many culturally known places and experiences into one drawing. Taking Italian has taught me so much and participating in the contest was an honor.”