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MHS and FMS Students Shine at Teen Arts Festival

Posted May 24, 2018

Headline Photo: Self Portrait by Gabby Meerwarth 


The results of the 2018 Morris County Teen Arts Festival made it clear: the arts – and artists – are thriving at MHS and FMS.


Morristown High School took top honors overall at the highly-competitive arts festival, which drew 1,500 students from 16 schools throughout the county. Gold medals/Best in Show honors were awarded to MHS seniors Gabby Meerwarth, Daniela Cappy and Grace Prachthauser. Their work will be part of a year-long traveling exhibition of the best student artwork in NJ.  


FMS performing and visual student-artists captured 5 top-place honors at the 38th annual competition, including 1st Place Festival Performance honors for the Falcon Big Band in the Instrumental Group/All Group category. The Falcon Big Band also was selected to perform at the State Teen Arts Festival on May 29. Visual artists Heidy Carranza, Ariel Papas, Jordan Robinson, and Madeline Weir took top honors in visual arts categories. Ariel’s acrylic portrait in black and white earned Gold Medal/Best in Show honors. FMS dancers earned Outstanding Debut Performance honors for dances “Freedom” and “Praying.”


If you’d like to hear why the FMS Falcon Big Band was tops at the Morris County Teen Arts Festival and chosen to represent the best of middle school musical talent in NJ, the following links are provided for your listening pleasure. Enjoy! 


FMS Big Band Performs "Latin Quarter" (Lennie Niehaus arrangement) 

FMS Big Band Performs "Get it On" (Chase/Jennings arrangement)