senior artist with teachers, principal and a certificate

Payton Kurosz had her design selected for the IAAP seal on the William Floyd High School diplomas. She is pictured with (l-r) Philip Scotto, principal, William Floyd High School; Erin Almeida, art teacher, William Floyd High School; and Theresa Bianco, chairperson, visual arts, William Floyd School District. 

Payton Kurosz, a senior in Erin Almeida’s Illustration and Design class at William Floyd High School, designed the Individual Arts Assessment Pathway (IAAP) seal that will appear on diplomas of graduates with an arts focus beginning this year! The IAAP pathway prepares students for professional and educational experiences and opportunities in the arts.

Payton Kurosz's IAAP design seal for WFHS diplomas.

Earlier this school year, students were tasked with an assignment to design a simple IAAP seal that represented the arts. Students considered symbols, lettering and balance within the seal design. The end product had to be created digitally, exposing the students to the world of digital art, some of which had never used it before.

“Payton is a very hard working, focused and talented young lady,” said Ms. Almeida. “Her design was original, creative and stood out among the rest. She was able to create a simple graphic that had a lot of meaning within the design.”

Payton added, “Working on this project gave me a better understanding of digital art. My inspiration came from the idea that an artist’s mind is a pallet and our creativity is used to create pieces of art.”

Congratulations, Payton!

IAAP Pathway
IAAP is a graduation pathway option in which students complete a locally determined three-unit sequence in the arts and demonstrate, through a collection of creative works, growth over time that meets the High School II Accomplished Performance Indicators in the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.

  • Fine Arts
  • Floyd Academy
  • Main
  • Secondary
  • WF High School