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Wantagh High School senior Athena Yao was one of 10 recipients of a 2019 Skipping Stones Youth Honor Award presented by “Skipping Stones” magazine for promoting art with an understanding of cultural diversity. In addition, the recently-named and talented Congressional Art Competition winner was profiled in the Autumn 2019 edition of the magazine in an article titled “Athena Yao’s Art,” which discusses through her artwork a search for identity in the midst of adolescence.

“Skipping Stones” is a global, multicultural literary magazine for youths age 8-16 which publishes art and original writings in all languages, celebrates ecological and cultural diversity and facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas and experience for its readers. 

In her “Skipping Stones” profile, Athena talks about how conforming to others’ standards and constantly hiding one’s true feelings leads to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. “I’ve found that the path to authentic happiness begins when we start to look inside ourselves and consider the question of who we are and why,” she said.  

Athena will receive five multicultural and/or nature books and a subscription to “Skipping Stones” magazine, in addition to an honor certificate. Please log onto to read more about Athena’s work.  

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