Cole Smith Honored For Artwork On Diversity

By on October 11, 2017
Cole Smith

Cole Smith and his winning artwork, “Unity in Color”.

Verona High School senior Cole Smith has been recognized by the Association of Indians in America–South Jersey (AIA-SJ) for his contribution to the Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest of 2017.

As part of the contest, the association invited New Jersey middle and high school students to submit original works, written or art, based on the following quotation from Mahatma Gandhi: “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” The purpose of the contest was to raise awareness on the importance of Gandhi’s message on non-violence, racial harmony and peace.

More than 2,500 students from New Jersey middle schools and high schools participated, and Smith was named fourth place winner in the high school art contest at a ceremony at Princeton University. The program consisted of a Diya lighting ceremony, some words from guest speakers including the founder of Princeton Foundation for Peace & Learning, and a dance performance commemorating Gandhiji by Shishya School of Performing Arts. Smith was awarded a certificate and cash award.

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