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Millburn Students Present Art with a Message of Respect

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, April 25, 2013 • 7:33am

MADISON, NJ - Millburn High School Finalists in Drew University's Arts of Respect 2013 competition attended the finals event at Drew in Madison on April 10. The students presented their original visual art or writing to Drew faculty, alongside college students and students from other select high schools, in the competition celebrating art with a theme of respect. 

The entries reflect the students' individual interpretations of respect. The works range from junior Adam Elshaer's short story about an Egyptian child in the United States who overcomes prejudices through friendship, to senior Fiona Murphy’s painting conveying a multi-national, multi-cultural message of unity. Arts of Respect winners will be determined by Drew faculty and will be judged on both aesthetics and the message of respect. Winners will be announced in May.

Millburn's Arts of Respect Finalists, selected by Millburn faculty, were invited to Drew to present their entries at the event.  The Millburn finalists, for Visual Art, are Michelle Belgrod, Caroline Bencivenga, Lizzie Chambers, Josh Klieger, Fiona Murphy, Yarden Schlanger, Maddie Stearns, and Lyndsay Wittenberg. Millburn finalists for written entries are: Adam Elshaer, Josh Kimelman, and Lara Moehlman.

This marks the second year Millburn High School has participated in Drew University's Arts of Respect. As a way to spark dialogue about respect for all types of people, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other differences, Millburn High School Diversity Club President Ryan Siegel worked with Drew University and Millburn faculty to spearhead the competition at Millburn High School.  Siegel, a junior, coordinated the program by working with Millburn High School Art Teacher, Mrs. Mary Weber, and English teacher, Mrs. Patricia Arnold. He also worked with Drew Professor, Dr. Jonathan Golden, Co-Director of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew.  The Arts of Respect was created at Drew by Dr. Paul Drucker, with the goal of advancing respect among all people.  Dr. Drucker and Drew collaborated on the competition, with the goal of encouraging students to explore conflict and respect through artistic expression.

"Congratulations to all of the Millburn Arts of Respect 2013 finalists," said Siegel. "Thank you very much to all of the participants for their outstanding work and to Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Arnold for making this program possible.”

Siegel added, "Thank you to Dr. Golden and Dr. Drucker for inviting Millburn students to participate in Drew University’s Arts of Respect for a second successful year.”

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