Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills selected the recipients of its 2021 “Art is Cool” awards. The program, now in its 19th year, recognizes the talent of Salem County students and is designed to encourage them to pursue artistic endeavors. Entries are judged by Mannington’s Residential Styling team, according to the company.
“Artistic talent is vital to the success of both Mannington and the flooring industry as a whole because flooring is a fashion business,” said Terry Marchetta, senior director of residential styling, Mannington Mills. “The ‘Art is Cool’ program reflects our company’s ongoing commitment to local education and the arts. Each year, we look forward to seeing what these talented students will create.”
Art teachers from each of Salem County’s high schools were invited to submit entries electronically in a variety of mediums, which over the years has grown to include sculpture, photography, computer art, painting and drawing, according to the company. Open to high school juniors and seniors, the winners received gift cards as their prize, Mannington said.
The following are the 2021 “Art is Cool” awards winners.
Best in Show
- Brooke McCallister, 12th grade; Arthur P. Schalick High School
Arthur P. Schalick High School
- Grade 11: 1st place—Zoe Marino, 2nd place: Israel Martinez-Guzman
- Grade 12: 1st place—Brooke McCallister; 2nd place—Zach Walukiewicz
Penns Grove High School
- Grade 11: 1st place—Lizbeth Cisneros, 2nd place—Israel Martinez-Guzman
- Grade 12: 1st place—Brisa Rodriguez
Salem High School
- Grade 11: 1st place—Xantha Cronrath, 2nd place—Tyrianna Slater
- Grade 12: 1st place—John Harold Hernandez, 2nd place—Destiny LeFlore
Woodstown High School
- Grade 11: 1st place—Molly Mulford, 2nd place—Emilija Caunitis
- Grade 12: 1st place—Bella Kurpis, 2nd place—Bryan Walsh