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Annika Inampudi ’21 & Lily Sternlieb ’24 Win NCTE Writing Awards

Two NA students have won recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English for excellence in writing. Annika Inampudi ’21 was awarded a Certificate of Superior Writing, the highest award available to eleventh grade students entered in the NCTE … Continue reading

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Senior Interns Spotlight: Alison Bader ’20 and Jamie Paradis ’20

In 2018, the WAM blog welcomed four student interns to work as a part of the team, helping to curate blog posts and organize outreach to the NA community. Senior Alison Bader ’20 has since then been a valuable contributor … Continue reading

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Lily Sterlieb ’24 Wins National Gold Medal in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Lily Sternlieb ’24 has won a Scholastic Gold Medal, awarded to “the most outstanding works in the nation,” for her dramatic script, “We Write The Words We Cannot Say.” You can read the winning piece below. Congratulations, Lily! Character Breakdown … Continue reading

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Quarantine Art

Even though trips and events were canceled, Newark Academy students stayed busy and creative over spring break. Below are pieces by Stella Gilbert ’22, Michael Pyo ’22 and Kaya Patel ’22, created while the artists were in isolation. “Painting with … Continue reading

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Call for applications: WAM needs new interns!

The Writing, Art & Music blog, affectionately known as WAM, is a forum for NA students, staff, faculty, and alumni to share creative work and support one another. WAM offers a noncompetitive, judgment-free place to enjoy each other’s artistic adventures, … Continue reading

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Jamie Paradis ’20 published in Hanging Loose

Four poems by Jamie Paradis ’20 have been accepted for publication in the esteemed literary magazine Hanging Loose. They will be printed in an upcoming issue. Congratulations, Jamie! I can’t see in this fog but it’s okay for now I … Continue reading

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Community Art Show 2020

Enjoy these selected works from NA’s annual community art exhibit. This year’s theme was “Figuratively Speaking.”

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2020 Scholastic Writing Awards—Regional Winners

This year, seven Newark Academy students won 15 Scholastic Writing Awards in categories ranging from Science Fiction to Critical Essay to Novel Writing. Congratulations to the following writers: Jeffery Keys ’21 Gold Key, Critical Essay: “Caricatures and Citizenship, Intertwined” Kieri … Continue reading

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2020 Scholastic Art Awards—Regional Winners

Congratulations to Newark Academy students Stella Gilbert ’22, Jessie Luo ’22, Kaya Patel ’22 and Silvy Zhou ’21, who have won regional Scholastic Art Awards! Kaya and Silvy’s artwork, which received Gold Key awards, will be exhibited at the Montclair … Continue reading

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“A Tale of Two Cities” by Alexis Romay

Faculty member Alexis Romay (aka Profe) writes about his complicated relationship with the city of Havana. The piece was published on World Literature Today. You can read his essay and poem in Spanish here. Havana just turned five hundred. The beautiful … Continue reading

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Eco-bricks: A Sustainable and Creative Way to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Last semester, Green and Blue Committee began a new initiative within the school: creating eco-bricks. In various locations throughout the building are collection bins for non-recyclable waste such as soft plastics, plastic bags, aluminum foil, and styrofoam. These materials would … Continue reading

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Sustainability DIY: Recycled Paper Tutorial by Silvy Zhou ’21

Despite NA’s initiatives to go “paperless” throughout the past few years, it is still difficult to avoid the printed tests and essays in our lives. Over the summer, as I was sorting through stacks upon stacks of paper last year’s … Continue reading

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Jazz Performances by NA Student Musicians

Luca Moretti ’20, Teddy McGraw ’20, and Vikram Bala ’20 perform “Billie’s Bounce” and “Cottontail.”

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Artist Alexa Meade Visits Newark Academy

Written by Jamie Paradis ’20. In the middle of spirit week, the art department hosted the innovative artist and illusionist Alexa Meade. Meade is known for her unique artwork in which she paints 2D patterns onto 3D objects, creating “the … Continue reading

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Fall Gallery Exhibit by Paul & Irene Aspell

A recent exhibit by artists Irene and Paul Aspell in the David Teiger Gallery incorporated both their sensibilities, combining Paul’s ceramic plates and Irene’s paintings. The artists have been married for 37 years. Paul Aspell, who taught at Newark Academy … Continue reading

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Patio Pride 2019

On National Coming Out Day, October 11th, the Newark Academy community hosted Patio Pride, an event celebrating LGBTQ+ identities. The event was made possible with the support of the NA Office of Equity & Inclusion, Offices of Student Activities, and … Continue reading

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Bitter Fruit Review

Newark Academy students Annika Imanpudi ’21 and Samantha Parelli ’21 recently co-founded Bitter Fruit Review, an independent literary and arts magazine by and for teens. The new Editors-in-Chief, along with Senior Arts Editor Silvy Zhou ’21, have combined their experience … Continue reading

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Student Reviews of Summer Art Programs

Interviews and write-up by Jamie Paradis ’20. Newark Academy students often spend their summers honing their creative craft in programs outside of NA. Here, students Ben Chaddha, Lori Hashasian, Jamie Paradis, Kaitlin Weiss, and Silvy Zhou reflect on their experiences … Continue reading

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Parents’ Night Artwork

Newark Academy parents had the opportunity to meet teachers, advisors, fellow parents, and to learn more about NA curriculum at Parents’ Night 2019. As a bonus, they enjoyed a display of student artwork in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery. The … Continue reading

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“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”: Chameleon at Essentially Ellington 2019

In 2019 the Newark Academy Jazz Program, directed by Julius Tolentino, performed for its 5th time at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival. This excerpt, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that Swing),” features vocalist Sammi Powell ’19. … Continue reading

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Fall Art Exhibit Featuring Cat Delett

Cat Delett, a Maplewood resident and passionate artist, is featured this fall in the Teiger Art Gallery. During Delett’s gallery discussion with the IB and Advanced Art Classes, she described herself as a “narrative artist.” Many of her pieces incorporate … Continue reading

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Ava Sharahy Earns NCTE Achievement Award for Writing

Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) hosts awards in a range of subjects and for different age groups. This year, Ava Sharahy (’20) was one of 15 11th grade winners from the state of New Jersey … Continue reading

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Digital Art by Elaine Brodie

Newark Academy Arts Department Head Elaine Brodie created these pieces on her iPad using an Apple Pencil and an app that allows the Pencil to function like various media. For example, Walpack Church and Peter’s Valley Barn were done in … Continue reading

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Artwork by Deborah Dixler

Artwork in progress by retired Arts Department faculty member and graphic designer Deborah Dixler. You can follow Ms. Dixler’s new artwork on Instagram.

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James Blume Earns NCTE Achievement Award for Writing

This essay by James Blume ’19 was part of a portfolio of work that earned a 2018 NCTE Achievement Award for Superior Writing. The Illustrated Generation To the great disdain of my parents and utter delight of his high school … Continue reading

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