TRENTON, NJ - Darielle Moore, a student at Piscataway High School was one of 16 high school and middle school students recently honored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services for their winning entries in the 2019 New Jersey Child Support Teen Media Contest.

Darielle placed first in the Hand-Drawn/Hand Painted category for high school students. 

The annual contest celebrates the artistic and written portrayal of situations where students felt most supported by a parent or loved one.

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“We are once again excited by the amazing talents of New Jersey’s students,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “I congratulate the winners and all who participated. The entries covered the spectrum of what it means to be supported by a parent or loved one and the importance that support plays in building strong families.”

Winners in the Hand-Drawn/Hand-Painted category for middle schools:

·         First place, Esperanza Baquedano, Emerson Middle School (Union City)

·         Second place, Lois Kim, Cliffside Park Middle School

·         Third place, Jolie Wong, Academy 1 Middle School (Jersey City)

Winners in the Hand-Drawn/Hand-Painted category for high schools:

·         First place, Darielle Moore, Piscataway High School

·         Second place, Mackenzie Jack, Hackettstown High School

·         Third place, Niaymah Trent, Cliffside Park High School

Winners in the Digital Artwork category:

·         First place, Alyssa Morris, Hunterdon County Polytech

·         Second place – TIE

o   Jenna Clayton, Wall High School

o   Benjamin Fernandez, Newmark High School (Scotch Plains)

·         Third place, Wellington Ochoa, Cliffside Park High School

Winners in the Written Work category for middle schools:

·         First place, Blake Cregg-Wedmore, Hazlet Middle School

·         Second place, Gabbriella Sebestyen, Thompson Middle School (Middletown)

·         Third place, Zayn Jaber, Pillars Preparatory Academy (South River)

Winners in the Written Work category for high schools:

·         First place, Akansha Joshi, West Windsor Plainsboro High School South

·         Second place, Erin Hanlon, Ocean City High School

·         Third place, Elijah Cochran, Ocean City High School

Winning entries will be featured in the 2020 calendar and, along with a number of honorable mentions, will be on display in the Statehouse Annex Tunnel, June 3-7.

For more information about this program or the New Jersey Office of Child Support Services, call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or go to www.njchildsupport.org.