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Teen Media Contest focuses on family trees

Eric Sucar
Surrounded by her children Marcy Desciscio from left, Gregory Basile and Annette Creedon, Nellie Basile (middle) talk with friends and family at her 100-year old birthday celebration held at JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree in Edison on March 18.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Family Development will accept entries for the 23rd Annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest through April 2.

This year’s challenge to New Jersey middle and high school-aged students is to illustrate – through art or the written word – What Does Your Family Tree Look Like?

This concept can be taken literally, abstractly, or be left to the imagination. Student artists should show that each family tree is different and that not everyone has the same type of family background. Each and every person’s story is unique.

Staff from the Division of Family Development and its Office of Child Support Services will judge the contest. Winners will be selected in first, second and third places in both the middle and high school groups for both entry categories, with recognition during an awards ceremony in May to acknowledge their achievement.

Winning entries will be included in the 2019 Office of Child Support Calendar and be placed on display in the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton shortly after the awards event.

A number of Honorable Mention entries will be selected for possible inclusion in the Statehouse exhibit and/or the 2019 calendar.

Entries can be submitted via the students’ art or English/language arts teachers if their school is registered. Teachers and administrators can register their school by visiting www.NJTeenMedia.org or by contacting Ben Martin at 973-799-0200 or info@winningstrat.com. Teens whose school is not registered can submit entries directly.

For more information about child support services, call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or visit www.NJChildSupport.org.

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