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posted: Tue, Jun 14th, 2016

Congratulations Class of 2016!

On Friday, June 17th, 2016 the graduates of the Class of 2016 gathered in the Mount Olive High School gymnasium for commencement exercises. Speakers included MOHS Principal, Mr. Stansberry, Vice President of the Board of Education, Dr. Gayles, and Superintendent, Dr. Reynolds. Additional speakers included Salutatorian, Katie Liu, and Valedictorian, Natalie Vermeulen. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies were Dominic Hendrickson and Arelys Chaparro. 

The Class of 2016 certainly left its mark on the Mount Olive community and achieved many accomplishments and recognitions along the way. Some of the highlights of the graduating class are students going onto careers in the military, students moving onto some of the most prestigious colleges in the country, student athletes receiving scholarships to continue playing their sports in college, and many other accolades. Congratulations and best wishes to the graduates!

Building bedside tables: Students amaze with finished products

The Advanced Woods 2 Furniture and Design class completed a "Bedside Table Project" under the direction of Mr. Don Hayes, a teacher of the Related Arts at Mount Olive High School. Working with his students on the project, Mr. Hayes helped the students for the past several months all the way from planning and design stages to final assembly. The inspiration for the project came from a set of plans from "The New Yankee Workshop" by Norm Abram and is in the Shaker Style Era of Furniture Design.

Describing the project in more detail Mr. Hayes said, "Some of the distinguishing features of this project are the 3/4" Tapered Style Legs, Mortise and Tenoning Joinery, and advanced Drawer construction utilizing Dado and Rabbet construction joinery, and finally lamination of boards to create a handsome tabletop."

The students made the tables out of a hardwood ash, which has a pronounced grain structure that enhances the finished look of the project once the stain and polyurethane have been applied to the table.

The students in the course who each created their own tables were: Evan Angeli, Zachary Butchyk, Mikal Germaine, Raymond Huth, Jordan Maier, Evan Montero, and Maxwell White. Mr. Kevin Gilbert and Mrs. Rosemary Kress also helped out with the course as instructional aides. They each made their own tables so they could understand the process and assist the students when necessary.

Mrs. Kress was so proud of the students and said that completing the project was a bonding experience for all of them. She was proud of how well they worked together, encouraging each other on their projects.

Mr. Hayes agreed and said, "I must say this was not an easy project to build, and that being said it is truly amazing how all the projects turned out so close to the original set of plans and specifications. Each student took a tremendous amount of pride as they completed each task in the construction of their tables."

The students' finished tables were put on display in the Commons, where MOHS faculty and staff could admire the handiwork and precision. The proud students gathered around their projects for a photo opportunity after completion.

Mr. Hayes concluded by saying, "I am extremely happy with their finished pieces of furniture, which will most likely be cherished for the rest of their lives and be a reminder that they are talented individuals and are capable of creating a high-quality piece of wood-working. I look forward to next year as my class enrollment for Advanced Woods 2 has increased extensively and second section has been added to accommodate the students' requests to elect to take this course."

Art Department spring accomplishments

This spring semester has been a busy one for Mount Olive High School's Art Department! With a variety of contests and awards, students in the Art Department have had multiple opportunities to showcase their talents and work.

Recently, art students were recognized at the 28th Annual High School Student Art Show, hosted by the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts in the Atrium Gallery of the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown. Awards and certificates were presented to the winners in the various categories. First Place winners received a monetary award as well. Alisa White submitted a piece titled, "Nepenthe," and won first prize for digital art.  Rosa Chang also received first place for her white charcoal piece, "Mechanical Study." The judges consisted of five professional artists, who viewed and scored the various works in each category. Work from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts can be viewed at the cyber-gallery at www.blackwell-st-artists.org.

Other students recognized at Blackwell were: Taylor Beck – 3rd Place, Mixed Media Collage, "Jersey Boy"; Sarah McEvoy – Honorable Mention, Paper Quilling, "Palm Perspective"; Tiara Herpriyonggo – Honorable Mention, Conte Crayon Drawing, "Entanglement"; Daniel Phillips – 2nd Place, Adobe Illustrator Print, "Scrabble City"; Shannon Huth – 3rd Place, Adobe Illustrator Print, "City Life"; and Nicole Wiedman – Digital Photo, "Bridge."

In addition to Blackwell accomplishments, the Art Department also had the following successes this spring.

At the Wallkill Valley Invitation Art Competition, Katrina Irhin received 3rd place for her drawing/illustration in black and white, "An Escape from Reality." Also receiving recognition was Beck, who earned 3rd place for her drawing/illustration in color, "Logan." Herpriyonggo received second place in the same category for her piece, "Entanglement." Herpriyonggo also received a $1500 pre-college summer workshop scholarship for her piece. Additionally, Beck's paining, "Lock and Key," received 3rd place and Beck was offered a $10,000 scholarship at Marywood University of PA when accepted and matriculated.

At the Mt. Olive Invitational Art Competition Beck and Veronica McKay were both recognized, receiving third place in their respective categories, open category and photography.

The Mary Gill Scholarship was awarded at a county-wide competition in April, where Beck took home the 2nd place prize.

Additionally, the Fresh Perspectives at the Morris Museum was an event in April, in which work from only 50 students from all of Morris County, was accepted. MOHS had two students accepted for this competitive honor: Chang for "Openings", her charcoal drawing, and McKay for her photograph, "Black America."

At the Teen Arts Festival, MOHS was chosen as an overall winner for excellence in art and received a trophy for Morris County Best of Show in Visual Arts Award for 2016. Other students who received recognition at Teen Arts were: Chang – Best of Show Gold Medal – Painting, "Shattered Childhood Dreams"; Irhin – Best of Show Gold Medal – Drawing, "Escape From Reality"; Courtney Hourihan – High Distinction in Visual Art, Painted 3D Object, "Hand Made"; Jessica Murr - Distinction in Visual Art – Drawing, "Garden State Artist"; Brandon Foushee - Distinction in Visual Art – Photography, "Finding Nothing"; and Crystal Watts – Distinction in Visual Art – Crafts, "Warm Green Scarf."

Also a proud moment for the Art Department, at the High Point Invitational Competition on May 25, 2016, Carla Rahmann, received first place for her sculpture. The school year concluded with the annual AP Senior Art Showcase. The artwork pictured above was one of the pieces featured at the showcase, and is a mixed media piece using watercolors and micron pens, by Taylor Liska.

Congratulations to the MOHS Art Department and students on a successful conclusion to the school year!

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