December 22, 1999
UPTON, NY - Artist Tara McManus, a senior at William Floyd High School, won a $500 savings bond from Brookhaven Science Associates, the not-for-profit research management company that operates Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. McManus won for the best interpretation of the theme of "Discovery." Her art work was chosen by members of the Brookhaven Employees Recreation Association from approximately 300 works of art shown at the 1999 High School Art Show sponsored by the South Bay Art Association in Bellport. After that show, McManus and other students from Long Island schools were invited to display their work at Brookhaven Lab.
McManus's winning work is a self-portrait. In it, monarch butterflies emerge from a box that contains a sculpted head and mementos and photographs of her life. The wings McManus wears on her coat symbolize for her the spirit of the butterflies' freedom. McManus is interested in fashion design, and she plans to attend Pratt Institute next year to continue her studies in art.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.