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TRENTON - New Jersey Human Services is honoring 12 high school and middle school students for their winning entries in the 2020 New Jersey Child Support Teen Media Contest, which celebrated the importance of support from families and loved ones.

According to a release, two Ocean City High School students, Angela Eggie and Daniel Givens, respectively placed first and third in the high school "Written Work" category.

Students across New Jersey were asked to submit artistic visual or written portrayals celebrating valuable life lessons and unforgettable memories experienced with people closest to them. Teens enter the annual contest individually or through their school, and winners’ works are featured in Human Services’ Child Support Calendar, which is published each year. Winners are chosen based upon their interpretation of the year’s theme.

“We are once again excited by the amazing talents of New Jersey’s students,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson stated. “It’s important to engage students in creative outlets that allows them to reflect on the world around them and on the role their families and loved ones play in their lives. I congratulate the winners and all who participated.”

“It is so important to encourage students to appreciate the strength and support they get from their loved ones and to celebrate their talent, stated Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira. “This is a great opportunity to bring attention to the importance of young people having a strong support system and the role it plays in building stronger families.”

“This contest is one of the ways that we bring attention to New Jersey’s child support program,” stated Assistant Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who oversees the department’s Division of Family Development. “By giving young people a family-related theme to build their art or written work, we are encouraging them to think about their support system and the important role their parents and loved ones play in their lives.”

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