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North Hunterdon High School student singer wins performing contract at upcoming anti-drug concerts

May 19, 2011

 
 
 
 
 
pix-0519 nj shout down.jpgSONGSTERS — Third-place winners at the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Statewide Prevention Concert held in Newark on May 5 are (from left) Taylor Willis and Morgan Evans, who is from North Hunterdon High School; first-place winner Aryan Mahyar; and second-place winners Tyler Spiegeland and Johnny Costa — both members of the group MIDDLETWO. With them are Angelo M. Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, and Kimberly Smith, Comcast’s Director of Government Affairs. All the winners were awarded music contracts to represent the partnership organization at drug-prevention events throughout the state over the next year.

CLINTON TWP. — North Hunterdon High School sophomore Morgan Evans teamed with a student from Morris County to win third place in a recent statewide music competition that promotes drug prevention.

Evans and Whippany Park High School junior Taylor Willis performed their original song titled “Join Me” at the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Statewide Prevention Concert held May 5 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The winners were awarded music contracts to represent the Partnership 

 

for a Drug-Free New Jersey at prevention events throughout the state over the next year.

The 43 performers were finalists in the competition that invited high school students from around the state to create music and lyrics with substance abuse prevention messages. The high school students from 24 schools around the state, in 18 counties came together at the arts center to perform their original music before a panel of judges.

Along with Evans and Willis, other finalists included Johnny Costa and Tyler Spiegeland, both seniors at Allentown High School, who took home second place honors, and Aryan Mahyar, a freshman from West Mendham High School who was named the first place winner.

“As an organization, we are committed to helping young people educate themselves about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.” said Partnership Chairman Joseph A. Miele. “Music is a tremendous influence in the lives our young people. We are excited to launch New Jersey Shout Down Drugs, a program that will encourage young people to tap into their creative abilities and generate a positive anti-drug message.”

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