Morristown, NJ- Visual art students from Randolph, Boonton and Mt. Olive were named the top honorees in Mayo Performing Arts Center's annual Program Book Art Cover Contest. The students will have their works used as covers on MPAC program books in 2017.

Over 70 students from area middle and high schools participated in the contest, centered on the theme, "Imagine! Discover! Create! Celebrate MPAC and the Arts." Students from area schools will have their artwork on display in the Mayo Performing Arts Center's Art Upstairs Gallery from March 1 - March 14.

Hannah Coward, a junior at Randolph High School, Hubert Deiparlne, senior at Boonton High School, Miyu Liu, junior at Randolph High School, and Jaylene Combs, freshman at Boonton High School were named the winners. Katie Keegan, Mount Olive Middle School, won the Middle School competition

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The winners were announced at a reception for the participating students on Tuesday, February 28. All students' works will be exhibited in the Art Upstairs Gallery through March 12.

"We are thrilled to have had a record number of visual arts students participate in this year's contest," said Cathy Roy, Education Director at MPAC. "Each year it becomes more and more difficult to select our winners. We hope that everyone coming to MPAC in the next two weeks will take the time to view their creative works."

"Your invitation to participate in this yearly event provides all our students with the opportunity of taking on the role of a graphic designer, a real life skill that students may pursue in their future, said Mercedes Ingenito, Visual Arts Teacher, Randolph High School. "The care with which you display and present the work to ensure that all students and their artwork are recognized and validated is heartwarming and great to see! "

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2016-2017 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mayo Performing Arts Center has been named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres.