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Del Val Arts Hall of Fame seeks first nominees


The first nominations are now being sought for the Del Val Hall of Fame for the Arts.

“Delaware Valley High School is such an incredible hotbed of creativity,” said Principal Adrienne Olcott, “And it’s time to celebrate that.”

“For athletic greats, there’s our Terrier Hall of Fame,” she said. “Now we are giving the arts the attention they deserve.”

Each year Del Val will induct 10 Hall of Famers from among nominees, which can include alumni who excelled during their student days as musicians, painters, photographers, ceramicists, sculptors, graphic artists, actors, writers, dancers, woodworkers, and on- and off-camera video personnel; or behind-the-scenes people in audio, lighting, set design and other supporting specialties; and faculty members, past or present. A particular stage production or a particular performing ensemble could also be eligible.

“Our aim is to salute the achievements and talents of students who have flourished here, as well as the teachers and directors who cultivated that talent,” said Josh Paul, co-chair of the Arts Hall of Fame Committee.

After the induction banquet, which will be held in late winter or early spring, the names and images of inductees will be enshrined online, accessible through the school’s website and via in-school display monitors.

“Sadly, there will be no wax museum,” said Rick Epstein, the other committee co-chair. “No one besides me thought that was a good idea.”

Students won’t be eligible until they have been out of Del Val for at least a full year. For example, a 2018 graduate couldn’t be inducted until 2020. Current and past directors and teachers are both eligible.

“Anyone can make a nomination,” Epstein explained, “but it’s up to them to submit convincing evidence that their nominee is spectacular.”

For details on how to submit a nomination, contact Epstein at or at DVRHS, 19 Senator Stout Road, Frenchtown, N.J. 08825. The deadline for submission is Jan. 15.

Nomination material will be evaluated and honorees chosen by a panel of Del Val teachers from some of the subject areas that relate to the arts.

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