Highlights from 2014 MHS Art & Design Week include lessons in charity and seamanship

As we reported earlier this month, Morristown High School’s sixth annual Art & Design Week had lots of moving parts.

Sophomores Matt Prusso and RJ Meyer provide a nice overview in the video above.  Matt and RJ were busy fellows–they took second place at the school’s film festival for their drama The Last Page.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Speaking of the MHS film festival, first-place winners Rishi Agarwal, Justin Leifer and Henry Vizhnay (The Red Ball) taught a lesson in charity-begins-at-home. The sophomores donated $140 from the evening’s refreshment sales to a freshman on a special mission.

Sophomores Henry Vizhnay, Rishi Agarwal and Justin Leifer won top honors at the 2014 MHS film fest for 'The Red Ball.' Photo by Mike Butler.

Sophomores Henry Vizhnay, Rishi Agarwal and Justin Leifer won top honors at the 2014 MHS film fest for ‘The Red Ball.’ Photo by Mike Butler.

Andrew Chin aims to place Braille signs around Morristown High School for his Eagle Scout project. With 20/400 vision, Andrew is legally blind, because of a form of  juvenile macular degeneration called Stargardt disease.

According to broadcasting teacher Mike Butler, the disease is growing worse and Andrew one day will have to rely on his Braille signs. Each sign costs about $20, and he aims to install 89 of them.

A very independent young man, Andrew has done wonderfully in Broadcasting 1, the teacher said.

“He wants to make a difference in our high school and the winners of the film festival want to help him succeed,” Mike Butler said.

Andrew’s project should help MHS students for years to come, Henry and Justin said.

“Andrew is from our school and that’s where the film festival took place,” Rishi added. “It is important to give back and have school spirit.”

POWERFUL PIX AND POEMS

Classics Academy Nightmeanwhile, featured some thought-provoking projects.

Evolution by Jessica Richardson combined her evocative photography with the precocious poetry of Kelly Ganning and Katherine O’Keefe.  Check it out:

ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS

What can you make with some 4-by-8-foot sheets of cardboard and a few rolls of duct tape and tubes of adhesive?

How about a DIY navy?

Brian Cary and Andrew Torrisi en route to first-place tie in the 2014 Morristown High cardboard boat races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Brian Cary and Andrew Torrisi en route to first-place tie in the 2014 Morristown High cardboard boat races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

That’s what Jack Rizzo’s students did for the annual MHS cardboard boat competition.

“There’s tons of math,” the teacher explained. Archimedes’ principle, that sort of thing.

The challenge was to see whose boats could make the fastest return trip across the high school pool.

It was a tie this year, with juniors Andrew Torrisi and Brian Cary of the swim team skippering their soggy vessel for one lap in each direction for a total time of just over one minute, a performance matched by the junior tandem of Nicole Franco and Connor Taunton.

Their prizes: Dunkin’ Donuts…with the emphasis on Dunkin’.


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