The following students were chosen by their art teachers as Student Artists of the Month for January 2019. The Jefferson Arts Committee (JAC) recognizes young artists throughout the school year for outstanding work on class art projects.
- Andras Vargo-Joo – Milton Elementary School
- Allan Czerwinski – White Rock Elementary School
- Nicolette Romano, Natalie Witter – Middle School
- Angel Aguilar, Kayla Gitter, Julia Potter – High School
The program was initiated by former president Jack Kelly more than a decade ago to recognize the talented artists in the township’s school district. Art teachers select one or two outstanding pieces from their students on a monthly basis during the school year and submit them to the Jefferson Arts Committee. The artwork is exhibited for one month at the library. The current honorees, along with their families and friends, were recognized on January 9 at an awards presentation with a certificate and a medal for outstanding achievement.
Jason Nicholas (chair), Carol Punturieri (president), and David DeVries (art teacher) represented the JAC Student Artists Committee at the January presentation.
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 hosted by the JAC for all that year’s student artists. The JAC invites 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 own personal work.
The following Jefferson art teachers participate in the program: Jennifer Tamayne-Hettema (Cozy Lake, Milton, White Rock), Karen Frelinghuysen (Briggs, Stanlick), Denise Morando (Middle School), and Karen Correia, David DeVries, and Renee Simler (High School).