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posted: Thu, Apr 16th, 2015

Students recognized by Blackwell Street Center for the Arts

Receiving recognition for their art pieces are MOHS students (from left to right): Shannon Huth, Olivia Camoia, Brianne Petrocelli, Adam Gonzalez, Caroline
Coulter, and Rosa Chang.

The Blackwell Street Center for the Arts hosted the 27th Annual High School Student Art Show in the Atrium Gallery of the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown. An outstanding 38 works from Mount Olive High School students were selected for the event.The reception and awards ceremony took place on Friday, March 27 and certificates were presented to the winners in the various categories. First Place winners received a monetary award as well.

Brianne Petrocelli, who took home the 1st place award for her digitally manipulated photo, "Boots on the Ground," said "I was honored to be selected. There was a lot of great artwork there."

Cara Jacobsen received 2nd place for her mixed media acrylic painting, "Mt. Hood Ski Break." Cara said the painting was inspired by a photograph she had seen of her father when he was younger at Mt. Hood.

James Hernandez, received 3rd place for his graphic design entitled "Sherlock Holmes." James said, "I was really honored to be part of it because I was doing something I loved. I was shocked to be recognized, and it was a great event."

Caroline Coulter, who won 3rd place for her oil painting, "A Temple, Not a Drunken Vessel," was inspired by a 2014 news story regarding a female Columbia University student who protested on the university's campus in hopes of raising awareness about sexual assault.

While many of the students honored at the event were seniors, freshman Rosa Chang, received 3rd place for her graphite drawing, "Imprisonment." She was excited to be part of the event and said, "There were about 600 pieces chosen for the event. Of those, about half were selected for special recognition." Rosa was impressed with the quality and creativity of the student work.

Congratulations to all of the Mount Olive High School students who received recognition from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts! The online cyber-gallery for the organization can be found at www.blackwell-st-artists.org, where two MOHS students' works are on display. A complete list of award winners follows:

Brianne Petrocelli – 1st Place, Digitally Manipulated Photo, "Boots on the Ground"

Cara Jacobsen – 2nd Place, Mixed Media Acrylic Painting, "Mt. Hood Ski Break"

Julia Kolacy – 2nd Place, Acrylic Painting, "Tagapagalaga: Caretaker"

Elizabeth Hunter – 2nd Place, Graphic Design, "Kid Cudi"

Joshua Dillon – 2nd Place, Black & White Photo, "Soul Centric"

Caroline Coulter – 3rd Place, Oil Painting, "A Temple, Not a Drunken Vessel"

Rosa Chang – 3rd Place, Graphite Drawing, "Imprisonment"

James Hernandez – 3rd  Place, Graphic Design, "Sherlock Holmes"

Olivia Camoia – 3rd Place, Graphic Design, "Lacy of Avalon"

Adam Gonzalez – 3rd Place, Cardboard, Papier Mache, Acrylic, "Angry Bird"

Margaret Koenig – Honorable Mention, Pen & Ink Drawing, "What's Your Point?"

Kristen Agosta – Honorable Mention, Graphic Design, "Taylor Swift"

Shannon Huth – Honorable Mention, Graphic Design, "Olive's Ocean"

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