Four students win awards at festival

Juliet Brooks ('13), Eastside News/Features Editor

Sustainable Cherry Hill celebrated its annual Art Blooms Earth Festival on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in collaboration with Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Arts Board.

The festival, which celebrates art, culture and environmental education, included a student art competition. The focus was eco-friendly art, so students were advised to use recycled materials. There were five categories of art: accessories, clothing, musical instruments, home decor and art. The competition was open to all township schools, and there were 28 entries in the contest.

Four East art students won $25 gift certificates for the “best product” in four out of the five categories.

Shari Bodofsky (’14) won a prize in the “art” category for a chicken sculpture made out of wire and a recycled Shop-Rite bag. Rachel Pacitti’s (’15) dress, made out of scrap material and colored tissue paper, won a prize in the “clothing” category.  Jami Lapinson (’14) made a cork board out of recycled cardboard and corks, earning her a place in the “home décor” category. Annalise Younie (’12) won a prize in the “accessories” category for a purse made out of fused trash bags and string.

Several East students also participated as vendors at the event, selling handmade goods to raise money for various charitable causes.