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Lake Hopatcong Foundation invites students to “Dive In and Get Creative” with art contest

LANDING, NJ (Morris County) – The Lake Hopatcong Foundation announces its “Dive In and Get Creative” student art contest, open to all students in Grades 1st-12th.

The theme of the contest is “All Things Lake Hopatcong”, which can include favorite lake experiences, natural beauty, wildlife, history and culture, or actions that help keep the lake clean and healthy.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for young artists to express their love for New Jersey’s largest lake and showcase their talents,” said art contest committee member Linda Karpiak. “We hope to inspire and encourage our youth to appreciate the beauty of Lake Hopatcong and become stewards of the lake.”

Entries can be in the form of drawings, paintings, pastels, printmaking, and computer-aided designs. The artwork will be judged on originality, creativity, and execution.

“We can’t wait to see the incredible artwork that students will submit,” said art contest committee member Sheri Salamanca. “We encourage students to think outside the box and use their unique perspective to bring the beauty of Lake Hopatcong to life.”

There will be one first place winner and one second place winner per group (Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12). First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize, while second place winners will receive a $25 gift card to Michaels arts and crafts store. Prizes are sponsored by local businesses like the Ice Factory and Station Hardware, both located in Landing. Businesses interested in sponsoring and presenting a prize can contact Caitlin at 973-663-2500 or email

Students who are interested in participating can learn more and download the entry form from Entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2023.

Winners will be recognized at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Annual Meeting on the evening of June 8, 2023. All submitted artwork will be exhibited on June 8 and will remain on display at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental & Cultural Center through the end of June.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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