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Posted Sunday, March 10th, 2019

High School Students Excel in the Arts

Morris Arts has announced winners of two prestigious scholarships to Morris County high school seniors who excel in dance, drama, music or visual arts and plan to pursue further education in their creative field.

Morris Arts Announces Winners of the Ehlers and Coladarci Arts Scholarships

From left, Leah Suskind, Sophia Grace Donelan and Matt Wisotsky

Dancer Leah Suskind, a graduating senior at the Morris County School of Technology/ Academy for Visual and Performing Arts received the Ehlers Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship was established in memory of the late Elaine Ehlers, a health-care administrator who had a deep love for all things creative. Suskind will pursue a Bachelors of Fine Arts as a Dance Major at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Soprano Sophia Grace Donelan, a graduating senior at Villa Walsh Academy was named winner of the Coladarci Scholarship. The $1,500 arts scholarship is given in memory of the late Eugenie Coladarci, a marketing executive with Chase Manhattan Bank who was active with Morris Arts for a dozen years. Donelan hopes to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at a major conservatory with the goal of becoming a professional opera singer.

The panel also awarded an Honorable Mention to Matt Wisotsky, a graduating senior at West Morris Mendham High School who is a multi-instrumentalist, prize-winning composer and outstanding bassoonist.

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The winners will be introduced during a reception from 6 – 8 p.m., March 14, for the new exhibit, seeing the unseen, featuring works by ten outstanding artists and guest curated by Greg Leshé, in the Gallery at 14 Maple (3rd floor, 14 Maple Ave., Morristown). The event is free and open to the public.

The scholarships are offered annually to Morris County high school seniors who are currently attending public, private, or parochial school or who are home schooled in New Jersey. Applicants must also (a) be Morris County residents, (b) plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program, and (c) have demonstrated artistic excellence in any one of four arts disciplines: dance, drama, music, or visual arts.

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, creative placemaking and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations. For more information, visit