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Pallone Recognizes Outstanding Middlesex County Students at Annual Spring Awards Ceremony

May 7, 2004
Press Release

West Long Branch, NJ --- U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the winners of the 2004 Sixth Congressional District High School Arts Competition and this years Military Service Academy nominees at a reception at Monmouth Universitys Wilson Hall on Monday.

A total of 72 high school artists from various schools in Monmouth and Middlesex counties participated in this years art competition, which is part of the nationwide program known as "An Artistic Discovery." Local judges awarded second place to Shauna Jacobs of Piscataway High School and her artwork is currently on display in Pallone's New Brunswick office. Seven students from Middlesex County were awarded honorable mentions.

Art Competition Honorable Mentions from Middlesex County:

Matthew Ball, Justine Bates, and Sandra Deiadyk of Piscataway High School

Beth Cohn, Emily Geminder, and Yangyang Li of Highland Park High School

Christina Park St. Peter the Apostle High School

"I have long believed that Congress should play a major role in encouraging the arts," Pallone said. "Here in Central New Jersey, we have a long-standing artistic tradition. This competition provides a forum to help the aspiring young artists of our area gain recognition and exposure. Young artists can gain confidence in themselves and their abilities by displaying their work and having it evaluated and critiqued by knowledgeable judges."

The New Jersey Congressman also honored the candidates he nominated for the Military Academies. Pallone congratulated each for their dedication and wished them all luck in being accepted to their chosen academies. The nominees are listed below:

Air Force Academy Nominees:

Ingrid Franco of Dunellen

Paul Hammes of Old Bridge

Merchant Marine Academy Nominees:

LaRay Hare of Piscataway

Daniel Lopez of Parlin

Naval Academy Nominees:

LaRay Hare of Piscataway

James Kim of Edison

Emily Paxson of Dunellen

Thomas Stringer of Middlesex

West Point Military Academy Nominees:

Jed Castillo of Edison

Christine Cataquet of Edison

Clinton Wang of Piscataway