The Jefferson Arts Committee presented this month’s Student Artists of the Month with a medal and certificate on May 16 at the Jefferson Township Public Library. Committee chair Jason Nicholas and Jefferson Township High School art teacher David DeVries presided at the ceremony, which was also attended by the students’ family members.

The following students received awards:

Eshan Patel – Arthur Stanlick School
Sadie Wilde – White Rock School
Julian Lopez – Middle School
Ashley Dooley, Mehak Mantoo, and Natalia Olko – High School

Not in attendance were the following student award winners:

Everett Johnson – Ellen T. Briggs School
Brandilyn Hobbs – Cozy Lake School
Sarah Leppard and Mojave Smith – Middle School

All artwork created by the May Student Artists of the Month is displayed for the month in the Jefferson Township Public Library under the Jefferson Arts Committee banner. (Photo: Jefferson Arts Committee)

The Student Artists of the Month program was conceived by former Jefferson Arts Committee president Jack Kelly more than a decade ago to recognize the township’s talented students. Art teachers from the district’s schools choose at least one outstanding piece of artwork on a monthly basis and submit it to the Jefferson Arts Committee. The teachers participating in the program include Karen Correia, David DeVries, Karen Frelinghuysen, Denise Morando, Renee Simler, and Jennifer Tamayne-Hettema.

The art is displayed for one month at the township library. Student awardees, their families, and friends are invited to the monthly presentations, where students are recognized with a certificate and a medal for outstanding achievement.

In June, all the artwork that was recognized over the past seven months is on display in the media room of the high school during a special reception for the young artists and their families. The Arts Committee invites a guest artist to speak to the children about his/her art career or hobby, and the speaker’s own work is exhibited. The district’s art teachers who participate in the program are invited to attend and display some of their personal work as well.

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