Creative Crestwood Duo Win Bright Awards

Talented students Samuel Orrego and Celine Hernandez, both from Crestwood High at Baulkham Hills, have won a major design award courtesy of Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia.

The Bright Awards are open to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 and recognise up-and-coming designers and support the future of the arts in high schools across Australia.

Prizes in the 2021 competition were awarded in eight categories with Samuel taking out the top award for 3D Animation and Celine the award for UX and Web Design. Other categories were: Graphic Design, Games, Film and Video, Fashion Design, Photography and Interior Design.

The winners received a cash prize of $1000 to continue pursuing their creative careers and their school received $3000 to continue providing an environment for emerging talent to exercise their skills in design and creative technology _ a double win for Crestwood High. Both were taught by Joel Palmer.

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Samuel Orrego’s 3D animation called TimeScape shows an animated figure walking through various complex backdrops. He said: “Winning the Bright Award 2021 for 3D animation has been an amazing experience. It feels great to know that my work on this project has gone recognised and appreciated. I can ensure that this achievement will motivate me to continue making more works in the future.”

Celine Hernandez developed a gymnastics app to help children on the autism spectrum who wanted to do gymnastics at home. She said: “After two long senior years in and out of lockdowns, it feels incredibly amazing that all my hard work through it has been worthwhile.

“It was a long, challenging but incredibly fulfilling project that I am exceedingly proud of and I feel is an accurate representation of the work I put in to build my skills across many creative platforms and my passion for not only gymnastics and teaching, but content creation. Winning this award is profoundly rewarding and motivating for future endeavours.”

The Fashion Award was won by Tahlia Lee from Mount St Benedict College at Pennant Hills who said: “Winning this award was an unexpected but exhilarating surprise after a lengthy HSC year, giving me increased confidence in my own work as I move into tertiary studies.”

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