SPARTA, NJ – School is out but Sparta High School students continue to be recognized for their talent.  Three photography students were honored at the Lusscroft Farm photography competition, according to art teacher Christy Graham. 

On July 13 the students’ work was on display at the juried competition with 130 other entries, a record number according to Graham. 

 “I’m very proud of these kids and their talents,” Graham said.

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  • Lukas Hein earned first place for “Possessed By the Sunshine.”
  • Elizabeth Holden earned third place for “Nature’s Gruesome Side.”
  • Jillian Brennan earned an Honorable Mention as well as the people’s choice for the day with “Stealing a Kiss.”

“I thought the event was a fun thing to do for a variety of ages with music, food, and much to see,” Brennan said. “So many artists appreciated and were excited to see other's work on display as well.” 

The judge was Alina Bliach, a Cuban born, Jersey raised artist known for her fine art photography and the painterly look to her work according to her biography.  She began studying photography at the age of 12.  After running her own business and teaching she returned to school earning a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Savanah College of Art and Design.

“I love that they participate in our community shows and I know the community enjoys seeing their work,” Graham said.