Student Artists of the Month for April have been announced by the Jefferson Arts Committee (JAC). The students chosen by their art teachers to be recognized for outstanding work on a class art project are:

Blake Glamnn – Ellen T. Briggs School
Tina Xu – Arthur Stanlick School
Bailey Callaghan – White Rock School
Scott Bammer – Milton School
Kim Barbieri, Cooper Cannon, Nicolas Pinto – Middle School
Cassidy Blaha, Jenna Doran, Kayla Mahoney – High School

The JAC’s Student Artists of the Month program was conceived by former president Jack Kelly more than a decade ago to recognize the township’s talented art students. The art teachers choose one or two two outstanding pieces of artwork from their students on a monthly basis and submit them to the JAC. The works are displayed for one month at the Jefferson Township Public Library. Students, accompanied by their families and friends, are invited to that month’s awards presentation, where each winner is recognized with a certificate and a medal for outstanding achievement.

In June of each school year, all the artwork that was recognized over a seven-month period is displayed in the Jefferson Township High School Library/Media Center, where a reception is held for all of that year’s student artists. The JAC hosts a guest artist who speaks to the children about his/her art career or hobby, and the artist’s own works are exhibited.

Many of the district’s art teachers, who are also invited to attend, display their personal work. The participating teachers are Jennifer Tamayne-Hettema (White Rock, Cozy Lake, and Milton), Karen Frelinghuysen (Ellen T. Briggs and Arthur Stanlick), Denise Morando (Middle School), and Karen Correia, David DeVries, and Renee Simler (High School).

Members of the JAC’s Student Artists of the Month committee who attended the April presentation were Elisa De Young, Liz Lubansky, Denise Morando, and Jason Nicholas.

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