LITTLE SILVER- Nine high school students from Red Bank Regional were chosen to have their art represented as ads in the Monmouth Day Care Art Journal.
The student are from Barbara Beckett’s art class.
Veyra Juarez of Red Bank was the high school grand prize winner. The other student winners were: Devin Cooper, Little Silver; Jose Carreon, Red Bank; Teddy Purdon, Little Silver, Grace Goodwyn, Shrewsbury; Matthew Vanderveer, Shrewsbury; Faith Kruesi, Little Silver; Liam Sheehan, Red Bank; Evelyn Sullivan, Little Silver; Edith Hernandez, Red Bank.
Dozens of entries were submitted from Monmouth County Schools to be featured in the journal, which is a fundraiser for the Monmouth County Day Care Center. According to Amy Thomas, the special event and community outreach coordinator at the center, they had more than 1,000 submissions this year from students in kindergarden all the way through 11th grade from across Monmouth County.
Each age group was assigned to different advertisers based on the advertiser’s description. Judges, which included MDCC board members Lauren Bennett, Laraine Gaunt and Linda Friedman, then examined the artwork. The artwork chosen was based on quality as described by the advertiser.
According to Thomas, each year the artwork quality increased and voting becomes more difficult. However, something was special about Juarez’s work this year to make it the grand-prize winner in her age group.
“Her interpretation of the bank’s ad description created a visual for readers to know the Two River Community Bank’s mission, the quality of her drawing was exceptional compared to others in her group, and her attention to detail and creativity was amazing,” Thomas explained.
The student winners and their respective teachers were recognized at an ice cream social on June 6 at the center.
The Monmouth County Day Care Center was founded in 1969 and is devoted to serving families in Monmouth county by providing childcare without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or economic status.