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Morris County announces winners of 2024 ‘Manual Cover Contest’

County Clerk Ann Grossi Presented Scholarships to Students at Awards Reception

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County Clerk Ann F. Grossi announced the winners of the 2024 Morris County Manual Cover Contest, presenting awards to the top three finalists yesterday at the Clerk’s Office conference room on Court Street in Morristown.

“It is my honor to continue this tradition of presenting each finalist a scholarship award and Certification of Recognition each year,” said Grossi.

Each year, the County Clerk conducts an art contest to select a cover for the Morris County Manual, a highly useful guide listing the names and contact information for county, federal, state and municipal officials, as well as various county boards and commissioners. The cover contest is opened annually to all high school art students within the county.

The creators of the top three covers, selected from among 99 submissions by a select group of judges, were presented certificates of recognition and monetary scholarship awards during a reception at the Morris County Clerk’s Office that included public officials and the winners’ parents and family.

(Photo: The 2024 Morris County Manual Cover designed by Charles Sagerer. Credit | Morris County)
(Photo: The 2024 Morris County Manual Cover designed by Charles Sagerer. Credit | Morris County)

The winners of the 2024 Morris County Clerk Manual Cover Contest are:

  • First Place: Charles Sagerer, a senior at Boonton High School. He was awarded a $500 scholarship, and his design will be the cover of the 2024 Morris County Clerk Manual.
  • Second Place: Kaden Montoya, a freshman at Morris Knolls High School, who received a $200 scholarship.
  • Third Place: Lily Walsh, a senior at Randolph High School, who received a $100 scholarship.

All three students’ cover designs will appear on the back cover of the manual in addition to being framed and displayed at the County Clerk’s Office for the entire year.

Submissions for the annual cover contest are open to high school students throughout Morris County. Judges for this year’s contest were Lisa Brett, Assistant to the Mayor of Mount Olive Township; Phyllis Florek, Mendham Township Mayor Emeritus; Fred Snowflack, writer for Insider NJ; Diana Natal, Election Clerk and Leanna Hernandez, Paralegal Specialist. Each finalist, their parents and teachers were invited to the awards reception. Boonton Mayor James Lynch and Randolph Councilmember Marie Potter also joined the ceremony to congratulate their local winners.

The Morris County Manual is a comprehensive resource containing the names and contact information of elected and appointed officials at all levels of government. The annual publication is designed to help simplify doing business with the various departments, boards and commissions and with all 39 municipalities throughout Morris County. Congressional and legislative districts are also denoted, and the 2024 election timetable is listed. The tradition of publishing the manual started in 1906.

The 2024 Morris County Manual will be available online soon. To download a manual, visit the Morris County Clerk’s website.

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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