Manchester Student Wins Toms River Artist Contest

Hailey Post’s winning piece was a mixed media portrait of the famous Jimi Hendrix. (Photo courtesy Sanford Josephson)

TOMS RIVER – Manchester Township High School student Hailey Post was the first place winner at the Toms River Artist Community’s (TRAC) reception for Manchester’s art students. The reception was held at the TRAC’s art gallery in downtown Toms River on June 13, where Post received an award for her mixed media portrait of Jimi Hendrix.

Post also received the Mollie Belusco Fine Arts Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the late MTHS student, Mollie Belusco.

“It’s exciting. I’m proud of myself,” said Post on her first-place win.

Other contest winners included Micayla Longsworth in second place and Ben Zaragosa, third place.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

  • Ryan Otto
  • Chloe De Los Reyes
  • Elly Rosario
  • ReAnna Barstow.
  • Katlyn Brush, awarded the high school’s Fine Arts scholarship.

The students’ exhibition was curated by MTHS art teachers Teena Spinelli-O’Connell and Ashley Gawlik.

TRAC is a group of creators looking to improve and enhance creativity and facilitate opportunities within the art world in the greater Toms River area.