SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School photography student took home the top honor from the County College of Morris sixth annual photography competition from over 600 entries. Three other Sparta students also earned honorable mention in the event sponsored by the CCM Photo Club.

Reese Vanduk, a senior, earned first place for her interpretation of this year’s theme of ‘turbulance.’

Freshmen Arthur Harner, Luke Simmons and senior Mallory Collins were three of twelve honorable mentions making Sparta the most represented school in the competition.

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“Every year we enter this competition and I am always amazed at our students’ creativity and talent,” Sparta High School photography teacher Christy Graham said. “Every year just keeps getting better.  I’m so proud of these kids.”

Millburn Camera ASAP sponsored the event providing prizes for first, second and third places.  Vanduk was awarded $300.  Second place was $150 and third place was $75.

Representative of the CCM contest said they received more than 600 entries and the club members “had a hard time narrowing it down to the top 68 photographs. The quality of work was so high that quite a few extraordinary photographs did not make the cut.”

 “Every year just keeps getting better,” Graham said. “I’m so proud of these kids.”