Aspiring High School Writers and Artists
Featured in MCCC's Aspirations 2010


West Windsor, N.J. - Some of the county's most creative high school students gathered at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre on April 24. The celebratory event marked the publication of Aspirations 2010, MCCC's annual publication for young writers and artists. Eighty-seven writers and 23 artists, a number with multiple submissions, were selected from 12 area high schools.

Aspirations Editor Bettina Caluori, an MCCC associate professor of English, welcomed students and their families. She noted that in reading the many entries and viewing the artwork, she was struck by students' keen observations, as well as the themes that emerged. "Many addressed concerns about school and its stresses, both academic and social," Caluori said. "Friendships matter a lot. They are the antidote."

MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue added her congratulatory wishes. "Aspirations is a wonderful opportunity for students to create, compete and be published. You are putting yourselves out there. We hope you will continue to be inspired as you move forward." Dr. Donohue also thanked teachers and families for supporting these teens in finding their creative voices.

This year's panel of judges included seven MCCC faculty members and representatives from nine of the county's high schools.

Preceding the formal program, three members of the MCCC Jazz Band performed with Music Program Coordinator James Kelly, and MCCC Theatre students, under the direction of Program Coordinator Jody Person, who created interpretive pieces to accompany readings from the publication. Also participating were MCCC Deans Robin Schore and Judy Ehresman.

Students from Nottingham High School with art teacher Kathy Catanese, far left.

Students from Lawrence
High School
Students from
Steinert High School
Students from Hightstown High School
Students from Allentown High School
Students from West Windsor North High School
Music students perform with Professor Jim Kelly, center.
MCCC Theatre students take a bow after their performance.

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