15th  Annual DEBORAH Heart Challenge and Art Competition at Pemberton Township High School

It’s that time of year again. The eagerly anticipated 15th Annual DEBORAH Heart Challenge and Art Competition once again hits the stage at Pemberton Township High School on Sunday, February 24th.

Will reigning, seven-time champions Lenape High School keep their title, or will one of the teams from the other high schools – Pemberton Township, Shawnee, Cherokee, Seneca, Maple Shade or Moorestown Friends claim victory?   

More than bragging rights are at stake. The students are also competing for more than $5,000 in prize money, and top honors in a decade-and-a-half-long competition that holds as much prestige for academically-oriented students as the Superbowl does for football. 

The 15th Annual DEBORAH Heart Challenge and Art Competition kicks off this year on Sunday afternoon, February 24 in the Pemberton Township High School auditorium, where the best and brightest of Burlington County battle it out in one of the only academic decathlon-type events in the region.

The Heart Challenge is a unique academic competition that sets the standard for intellectual prowess. The 90-minute competition, emceed by legendary Philadelphia sports personality Don Tollefson, tests its participants on their knowledge of the heart, lungs, and vascular systems – Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s three specialty services.

A distinguished panel of Deborah physicians will quiz the contestants first in an introductory rapid-fire round, followed by an individual question round, then a team question round, ending with a ten-minute rapid-fire round done “Jeopardy-style” with fast fingers on the buzzers.

Along with the Heart Challenge itself is a companion juried Art Competition that showcases imaginative, multi-dimensional, and multi-media heart-themed artwork created by students of the participating schools. These creative entries were judged this year by professional artists from such distinguished cultural facilities as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Perkins Center for the Arts. All entries were judged in one of two categories: two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, prints) and three-dimensional (ceramics, crafts, sculpture). The Art Competition winners, who also share in the prize purse, are announced during the Heart Challenge.

The event, which is free to the public, is co-hosted by both the Pemberton Township Schools and Deborah Heart and Lung Center, who partnered more than fifteen years ago and launched the event in celebration of National Heart Month. The rigorous contest has grown and is now one of South Jersey’s premier academic competitions.

The event has drawn distinguished sponsors from throughout the area, including generous support from presenting sponsor Colonial Village Catering & Special Events, with additional support from Pearson School/Prentice-Hall Publishing, Liberty Bell Bank, Burlington County Times, Pemberton Township High School, Lenape Regional High School District, Boyd’s Pharmacy, BlueSpire Strategic Marketing, Pemberton Township Rotary Club, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and VFW Post 7677, Medford, NJ.

The doors open at 1:30 p.m. in the Pemberton Township High School auditorium lobby, where visitors can preview the art exhibit and enjoy a free catered buffet by Colonial Village Catering and entertainment by several participating schools. The Heart Challenge competition begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. The event is taped for subsequent television airing. It can be viewed on local cable educational access channels in the Lenape, Rancocas Valley and Pemberton Township viewing areas, as well as in Palmyra, Riverton, Cinnaminson, Delran, Riverside, Delanco, Beverly, Edgewater Park, Willingboro, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Florence, Roebling, and Bordentown on Comcast Local Channel 28, or Digital Box Channel 951. For more information call 1-800-555-1990.



Congratulations to all the Art Competition Winners 2013 “15th Annual Deborah Heart Challenge and Art Competition” Art Winners

Honorable Mention 2-D
“Heart Health” by Everett Aldrich, 11th Grade at Moorestown Friends School Art Teacher: Nicole Edmund

Honorable Mention 2-D
“Garden of Love” by Dakota Campbell, 12th Grade at Shawnee HS Art Teacher: Jeanne Cannon

Honorable Mention 2-D
“Heartwork” by Carl Durkow, 11th Grade at Moorestown Friends School Art Teacher: Nicole Edmund

Honorable Mention 3-D
“The Wooden Heart” by Linwood Vaughn Butler, 10th Grade at Seneca HS Art Teacher: Robert Dooley

Honorable Mention 3-D
“L’Arbre de Coeurs” by Emily Gold, 10th Grade at Lenape HS Art Teacher: Rebecca Rector

Honorable Mention 3-D
“Possession” by Jake Gussman, 11th Grade at Cherokee HS  Art Teacher: Deana Guittar

Third Place  2-D
“Chamber” by Lauren Carney, 12th Grade at Moorestown Friends School Art Teacher: Nicole Edmund
 
Third Place  2-D
“Battles of the Heart” by Stephanie Mathew, 12th Grade at Lenape HS  Art Teacher: Rebecca Rector

Third Place 2-D
“Hidden Heart” by Carly Teitlebaum, 10th Grade at Moorestown Friends School Art Teacher: Nicole Edmund

Third Place 3-D
“Your Heart is a Mess” by Rob Birnbohm, 11th Grade at Cherokee HS Art Teacher: Deane Guittar

Third Place  3-D
“Cards of Humanity” by Natasha Hanold, 11th Grade at Shawnee HS Art Teacher: Jeanne Cannon

Third Place 3-D
“Emotional Confinement” by Holly Mazzio, 12th Grade at Shawnee HS Art Teacher: Carol Barylski

Second Place  2-D
“Flow” by Melissa Finnerty, 12th Grade at Moorestown Friends School Art Teacher: Nicole Edmund

Second Place  2-D
“I Left My Heart by the Sea” by Sarah Olsen, 11th Grade at Maple Shade HS Art Teacher: Jennifer Braverman

Second Place  3-D
“Impression Carving” by Carley Donia, 10th Grade at Seneca HS Art Teacher: Robert Dooley

Second Place  3-D
“New Life” by Carl Straw, 10th Grade at Seneca HS  Art Teacher: Robert Dooley

First Place  2-D
“Burning Heart” by Jamie Carswell, 12th Grade at Seneca HS Art Teacher: Robert Dooley

First Place 2-D
“Human Anatomy” by Jesse Sulewski, 12th Grade at Seneca HS  Art Teacher: Robert Dooley

First Place  3-D
“Beast Offering Peace” by Alexis Hiller, 11th Grade at Cherokee HS Teacher: Vicki Wilson

First Place  3-D
“Pressure’s On” by Alexander Lingenfelter, 12th Grade at Shawnee HS Art Teacher: Carol Barylski


 Best in Show 2-D
“Cracked” by Victoria Conklin, 9th Grade at Pemberton HS Art Teacher: Monica Kane-Hughes

Best in Show 3-D
“Life is Love” by Maddey Wiker, 12th Grade at Shawnee HS Art Teacher: Carol Barylski

 

 

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