The halls of High Point Schools were buzzing with excitement recently as the winners of this year’s ASAH Annual Poster Competition were announced. This year’s theme, Make Dreams Happen, drew hundreds of entries from students throughout New Jersey. High Point Schools students had winning entries in two categories: 1st and 2nd Place awards in Graphic Arts Design and a 3rd Place award in Drawing.
ASAH is a not-for-profit organization of private schools and agencies in New Jersey which provide highly specialized services to more than 11,000 infants, children and young adults with disabilities. Winners of the poster contest each received a $100 award and attended a ceremony in Princeton, NJ, where their artwork was on display for educators, state leaders and their peers.
Arts educators at High Point, Marianne Petty and Miralda Josephs, attended with their students. “High Point students have been competing and winning awards in ASAH’s annual competition for over twenty years,” said Petty. “Our students take this competition very seriously and their record of recognition for their art is extraordinary.”
Arts education was part of the curriculum on the High Point campus long before state mandates were issued requiring fine arts education for all students. Viewed as an essential part of every High Point student’s experience, educators and counselors at High Point have long recognized the powerful role art can play in helping young people develop their unique strengths and build resiliency and self-confidence – despite challenges and obstacles.
High Point Schools offers special education and behavioral health services for more than 200 students each year. Students are admitted from districts throughout New Jersey and provided with an education experience designed to meet each individual’s academic and special needs. High Point Schools are part of CPC Behavioral Healthcare’s comprehensive array of programs and services that serve more than 8,000 people each year in the community.
Winning submissions included the photo featured at the beginning of this story, and: