SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School hosted its annual Art Gala on Wednesday night. The school’s media center was transformed into a gallery, with easels and tables displaying the work of art students of all levels – from Introduction and Intermediate, to Advanced and AP.

Photography, sculptures, drawings and paintings were admired by students and their parents. Refreshments were served; a variety of cookies baked by the students. Musicians, including strings students and alumni flute players, created a casual atmosphere with a light-hearted tunes.

A fundraiser led by teacher Christine Mase, was also taking place. Mase encouraged students to donate their artwork to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization working to stop childhood cancer. The fundraiser, says Mase, “is not only a wonderful way to share your artistic talent, but to help a worthy cause.”

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At the end of the evening, awards were given by art teachers to dedicated and deserving students. The following students were recognized:

For Photography:

  • Tyler Skowronski
  • Nicole Bruno
  • Emma Rennie
  • Morgan Sullivan
  • Ryan Ryerson
  • Jordan Harkins
  • Sarah Veasey

For Painting/Drawing:

  • Michael Tartaglia
  • Kylie Piacentino
  • Jeanne Earl
  • Katlyn Connelly

For Sculpture:

  • Maddie Cuan
  • Rhett Curran
  • Meghan Edwards
  • Beth Ann Putnam
  • Joella Dittrich
  • Jessica Rogers

For AP Studio Art:

  • Jennifer McDonald
  • Emily Haag

“The Sparta Art Gala is a wonderful opportunity for students to celebrate the fruits of many months of dedicated work,” says Mary Hassenplug, Supervisor of the Arts at SHS, “and to display the high quality and depth of work produced by Sparta students.

Fpr additional photos of the Gala and the students' works of art please go to the photo album on TAP into Sparta's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpartaTAP/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums