Students from Roxbury High School and Eisenhower Middle School had their artwork on display at this year’s 8th annual Wallkill Valley Invitational Art Show on December 7th hosted by Chapter 1006 of the National Art Honor Society.
Pictured Above: Roxbury Art Students (L to R): Back: Kate Rawlinson (gr 12), Jessica Wood (Gr 12), Joey Busa (Gr 12), James Sullivan (Gr 12); Front: Rachelle Vassoler (Gr 12), Genna Kobylarz (Gr 12), Rebecca Weng (Gr 12)
This annual event showcased 150 pieces of art from high school students from Delaware Valley, High Point Regional, Montville, Mount Olive, Roxbury, Sparta, Vernon Township, Wallkill Valley Regional, Warren Hills Regional, and West Milford.
This year, the Eisenhower Middle School Art Enrichment students also participated in the Middle School Category. Elementary and middle schools had 27 pieces of art on display from EMS, Franklin Elementary, Hardyston Middle, Ogdensburg, and Sussex Middle.
RHS Art Teacher Monica Roman teaches a select group of motivated eighth-grade students to meet their Art I high school requirement, allowing them to take any art class of their choice as they enter Roxbury High School.
Students had their works of art evaluated by judges from Delaware College of Art & Design, DE, Montserrat College of Art, MA, Ringling College of Art & Design, FL, Savannah College of Art & Design, GA, William Paterson University, NJ, and Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ.
The judges publicly spoke and gave many accolades along with prizes ranging from gift cards, discounts to frame their pieces, and Pre-College and College Scholarships.
The high school categories included Drawing/Illustration (Black and White), Drawing/Illustration (Color), Painting, Pottery/Crafts, Sculpture, Open/Mixed Media, Photography, and Digital Media/Video.
Four Roxbury students came away with four awards.
* Rebecca Weng, Senior – 1st Place – Drawing/Illustration (Color)
* James Sullivan, Senior – 2nd Place – Drawing/Illustration (Black and White)
* Jessica Wood, Senior – 2nd Place – Digital Media/Video
* Rachelle Vassoler, Senior – 3rd Place – Drawing/Illustration (Color)
Raechel Eddy from Peter's Valley School of Craft presented a workshop tuition scholarship to Courtney Graf from Roxbury. Jon Bolles of Montserrat College of Art and Design awarded a $40,000 BFA scholarship to Rebecca Weng as well as Sarah Petrucci of Wallkill and Jarret Paladessa of Delaware Valley.
Ribbons and certificates for first, second, and third place for each category were given out as well as a special recognition for the Best in Show at the high school level.
Ribbons and certificates were issued for first, second, and third place for the middle school awards with the Best in Show receiving a medal of honor.
EMS eighth graders Alexa Wanamaker placed first with Emily Kao placing second.
“Some of the biggest benefits of arts education for students are that it can actually improve student learning, school attendance, critical thinking skills and creativity," Amy Fairweather, fine arts instructor at Wallkill Valley Regional High School said. "All of these are essential for successful academic performance and life beyond high school. Recent studies have concluded that the creativity and innovation utilized in the artistic process is extremely and highly valued by employers in the United States. One of the most important benefits of arts education for students is that it helps them appreciate and understand the different cultures and values of our very diverse society. The artistic process is vital. It increases self-esteem and is often credited with helping to motivate students to come to school.”
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