Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
Mannington Supports Arts in New Jersey Schools with 2019 “Art is Cool” Awards
SALEM, NJ, May 23, 2019—Last night, Mannington hosted the 17th annual “Art is Cool” awards at its Salem, NJ headquarters. The competition recognizes the talent of Salem County high school students and encourages them to pursue their artistic endeavors.
“Art is a valued part of every school curriculum because art classes are where the design innovators of tomorrow often begin their path to success. It’s important to our company to support these school art programs. So many businesses, Mannington flooring included, rely on artists to help get their products to market,” said Betsy Amoroso, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Mannington Mills.
The event brought about 75 students, parents and teachers out to Mannington’s Salem site and featured awards and refreshments. It was hosted by the Mannington design department and emcee Johnny Campbell, who works at the company and is a fifth generation member of the Campbell family ownership of Mannington Mills.
Johnny Campbell, Mannington Mills Senior Manager of Customer Technology Strategy, welcomes students and their families and teachers to the 2019 “Art is Cool” awards.
Credit: Mannington Mills
“Over the years, our ‘Art is Cool’ competition has evolved to include sculpture, photography and computer art; as well as painting and drawing. This year’s entries show how sophisticated today’s students are, and how well they use their talent in different mediums,” says Johnny Campbell, Senior Manager of Customer Technology Strategy and a fifth generation member of the founders and owners of Mannington Mills—the Campbell family. “It’s also a testament to the wonderful teachers and school administrators who continue to advocate for the continuation of art programs, especially now when so many of them are being cut.”
Autumn Smith, an 11th grader at Pennsville Memorial High School, received the 2019 “Art is Cool” Best in Show award for her pencil drawing, “Portrait of Freddy Mercury.”
Photo credit: Mannington Mills
Each year, Mannington’s design team juries the competition, selecting a first place and second place winner from each grade level in each of Salem County’s five high schools: Arthur P. Schalick, Penns Grove, Pennsville Memorial, Salem and Woodstown. First place award winners receive a $100 American Express gift card, and second place winners receive a $50 gift card. The Best in Show winner receives an additional $100 gift card.
2019 “Art is Cool” winners include:
Best in Show
Autumn Smith, Pennsville Memorial High School
Arthur P. Schalick High School
Grade 9: 1st place—Cecily Downer, 2nd place—Zoe Marino
Grade 10: 1st place—Brooke McAllister, 2nd place—Abrielle Fazzio
Grade 11: 1st place—Rebekkah Moton, 2nd place—Zachary Tucker
Grade 12: 1st place—Cheyenne Brewer, 2nd place—Inna Natale
Penns Grove High School
Grade 9: 1st place—Najah Freeman, 2nd place—Alex Perez Collazo
Grade 10: 1st place—Alondra Ortiz Cordero, 2nd place—Daniel Asher
Grade 11: 1st place—Gavin Simons, 2nd place—Aaliyah Pécou
Grade 12: 1st place—Briana Gonzales, 2nd place—Taylor Bruce
Pennsville Memorial High School
Grade 9: 1st place—Nia Newton, 2nd place—Gracie Raine
Grade 10: 1st place—Savannah Smith, 2nd place—Emma Donnelly
Grade 11: 1st place—Autumn Smith, 2nd place—Courtney Humphries
Grade 12: 1st place—Mandi Powell, 2nd place—John Data (whose mother, Kim Bradshaw Data, works at Mannington’s Salem site)
Salem High School
Grade 9: 1st place—Alyssa Segarra, 2nd place—Gatavia Telfair
Grade 10: 1st place—Sharlin Tolentino, 2nd place—Shalayby Parsons
Grade 11: 1st place—Emma Boggs, 2nd place—Destiny Jackson
Grade 12: 1st place—Hayley Maxwell, 2nd place—Nasira Justice
Woodstown High School
Grade 9: 1st place—Kara Derevlany, 2nd place—Riley Fulmer
Grade 10: 1st place—Rylie Gantz, 2nd place—Belia Kurpis
Grade 11: 1st place—Mazie Mulford, 2nd place—Alex Pessolano
Grade 12: 1st place—Nancianne Morgan, 2nd place—Chloe Patti
Mannington supports a number of educational programs across the U.S., focusing on communities where it has operations. For more information, visit Mannington.com
About Mannington Mills
One of the world's leading manufacturers of fine flooring, Mannington Mills, Inc., is based in Salem, New Jersey (USA). The company manufactures residential and commercial sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, resilient and hardwood floors; as well as commercial carpet and rubber under the Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico and Burke brands. Founded in 1915 by John Boston Campbell, the company is still privately held and owned by the Campbell family. Now in its second century of doing business in the USA, Mannington Mills remains committed to quality, customer satisfaction and innovative manufacturing with award-winning product design, state-of-the-art processes and industry-leading programs. mannington.com
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