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Betsy Amoroso
Mannington Mills
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications




SALEM, NJ, June 8, 2018—Today’s budding young artist may become the gifted flooring designer of tomorrow. That’s why Mannington Mills created the “Art is Cool” program which recognizes the talent of Salem County high school students and encourages them to pursue their artistic endeavors. Last night, members of Mannington’s design and management team gathered with 40 student artists, their families and teachers to announce this year’s winners at Mannington’s Salem corporate headquarters.

Katie Arsenlis, a senior at Arthur P. Schalick High School, received the 2018 “Art is Cool” Best in Show award for her pen and ink drawing
Photo credit:  Mannington Mills


“Flooring is a fashion business,“ said Joe Amato, Vice President of Residential Styling at Mannington. “We understand how vital artistic talent is to the success of both Mannington and the flooring industry as a whole.  For the past 16 years, the ‘Art is Cool’ program has been an important part of our commitment to local education and the arts. We are grateful to all of the artists for sharing their talent with us, and to the teachers who make it all possible.”

Each year, Mannington’s design team select a first place and second place winner from each grade level in each of of Salem County’s five high schools: Arthur P. Schalick, Penns Grove, Pennsville, 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.

Artwork by Laisha Cuevas, a 10th grade student at Arthur P. Schlaick High School
Photo credit:  Mannington Mills

Artwork by Joseph Conte, a 10th grade student at Woodstown High School
Photo credit:  Mannington Mills

Artwork by Darren Wildermuth, an 11th grade student at Woodstown High School


2018 “Art is Cool” winners include:

Best in Show, Katie Arsenlis, SCVTS Art Academy at A.P. Schalick High School.


SCVTS Art Academy at Arthur P. Schalick High School

Grade 9: 1st place—Zach Walukeiwicz, 2nd place—Mackenzie Martinez

Grade 10: 1st place—Madison Bratton. 2nd place—Laisha Cuevas

Grade 11:  1st place—George Cullis, 2nd place—Katie Archer

Grade 12:  1st place—Katie Arsenlis, 2nd place—Doug Jones


Penns Grove High School

Grade 9:  1st place—Jose Ochoa, 2nd place—Isaac Rodriguz

Grade 10: 1st place—Gabriel Newton, 2nd place—Aden Keeley

Grade 11:  1st place—Cassidy Van Namee, 2nd place—Briana Ganzales

Grade 12: 1st place—Bradley Garcia, 2nd place—Maria Torres


Pennsville High School

Grade 9:  1st place—Alexis Blackson, 2nd place—Kayla Voorhees

Grade 10:  1st place—Autumn Smith, 2nd place—Karyn Brancard

Grade 11:  1st place—Mandi Powell, 2nd place—Shelby Syzmborski

Grade 12:  1st place—Savanna Gonzalez, 2nd place—Katilyn Bond


Salem High School

Grade 9:  1st place—Amaya Asturrizaga, 2nd place—Akeyia Nichols

Grade 10:  1st place—Emma Boggs, 2nd place—Elijah Evans

Grade 11:  1st place—Nasira Justice, 2nd place—Hayley Maxwell

Grade 12:  1st place—Katie Ridgeway, 2nd place—Kenisia Turner


Woodstown High School

Grade 9:  1st place—Connor Batten, 2nd place—Karen Storto

Grade 10:  1st place—William Read, 2nd place—Joseph Conte

Grade 11: 1st place—Darren Wildermuth, 2nd place—Nanci Ann Morgan

Grade 12: 1st place—Jacob Hellick, 2nd place—Calvin Stiles

In addition to the “Art is Cool” program, Mannington supports a number of educational programs across the U.S., focusing on communities where it has operations.  For more information, visit


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. 



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