The following students were chosen by their art teachers as Student Artists of the Month for March 2019. The Jefferson Arts Committee (JAC) recognizes young artists throughout the school year for outstanding work on class art projects.
- Isabella Serrano – Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School
- Colin Doherty – Arthur Stanlick Elementary School
- Bella Rose – Cozy Lake Elementary School
- Robert Rysdeck – White Rock Elementary School
- Xiao Chong Cao, Abigail Tarabocchia, and Grace Weihmiller – Middle School
- Ethan Reiss, Kaeli Vera, and Sage Wisniewski – High School
The program was initiated by former JAC 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 March 13 at an awards presentation with a certificate and a medal for outstanding achievement. Jason Nicholas (Student Artist of the Month chair), Carol Punturieri (JAC president), Elisa DeYoung, and art teacher Denise Morando presided at the ceremony. In addition, Kevin L. Pattky, Jr., editor-in-chief of The Jefferson Chronicle, was present to congratulate the students.
Every June, 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 student artists in that school year. 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 work as well.
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).