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Jamie Paradis Published by Apprentice Writer

Poetry by Jamie Paradis ’20 was selected by judges of Susquehanna University’s 37th Annual High School Writing Contest for publication in the Fall 2019 Vol. 37 edition of the Apprentice Writer, a print and online magazine. This year the contest … Continue reading

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Dance Concert Spring 2019

Welcome to the Spring Dance Concert. I am extremely grateful for my health and the ability to teach these amazing dancers. After missing most of the fall, it truly “feels like home” to be back at the place I love. … Continue reading

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2019 Community Art Show

The Newark Academy 2019 Community Art Show curated by Arts Department Head Elaine Brodie, themed “House & Home,” was exhibited in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for Studio Arts. The installation featured works of art by students, parents, faculty, and … Continue reading

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Published Fiction by Andrew Alford

The following short story by Computer Science teacher and Tech Department member Andrew Alford earned an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train Press and was published in the Sweet Tree Review. His fiction and poetry have also been published in Midnight … Continue reading

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Chameleon Earns Honors at 2019 Essentially Ellington Competition

Led by Newark Academy Jazz Director and saxophonist Julius Tolentino, Chameleon earned “Outstanding Rhythm Section” at the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition on May 11, 2019. In addition, several NA musicians earned individual recognition: Outstanding Bass: Vikram Bala ’20, Honorable … Continue reading

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Scholastic Award Winning Artwork by Kellen Wang

This inventive mixed media artwork by Kellen Wang ’20 earned a 2019 Scholastic Silver Key. Kellen says of his work, “One thing to consider from my piece would be the depth and layers of the cardboard structures. Aside from that, … Continue reading

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Poetry by Elizabeth Hawk

Poetry by Newark Academy senior Elizabeth Hawk ’19. 3,000 Miles Away I can hear the wind in California Crackling through the phone. Carried to me through threads Of bouncing information On waves into my ear But I can’t think about … Continue reading

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Melanie Kramarchuk Wins NJCTE Bronze Medal for Fiction

Melanie Kramarchuk ’22 was awarded a NJCTE Bronze Medal for Fiction for her short story “FALLING.” The piece was created in response to a challenge from her English teacher Mr. Lou Scerra to write something inspired by author Ted Chiang’s style in which … Continue reading

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Photography by Tess Kesler

Photography by Tess Kesler ’22 earned Scholastic Silver and Gold Key Awards and were displayed at the Montclair Art Museum in late winter/early spring 2019.

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Scholastic Award Winning Photography by Tess Kesler

The following photographs were taken by Scholastic Silver and Gold Key Award recipient Tess Kesler ’22. Tess’s work was on display at the Montclair Art Museum in late winter through spring of 2019.

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Chameleon Earns 2nd Place in 2018 Essentially Ellington Competition

Newark Academy’s Jazz Band “Chameleon” directed by Julius Tolentino won 2nd Place at the 23rd Annual 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, which took place at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. … Continue reading

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Unnathy Nellutla Scholastic American Voices Medal Nominee

Poetry by Unnathy Nellutla ’19 earned a 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Gold Key for Poetry and was selected by judges as one of five nominees from New Jersey for the prestigious American Voices Medal.   Before 9/11 When … Continue reading

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Scholastic Award-winning Photography by Gillian Cohen

A portfolio by Gillian Cohen ’19 entitled “Contrast + Harmony” earned a 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award for Photography. In 2018 Gillian earned a National Gold Medal in the same genre. Her work was exhibited at the … Continue reading

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Kianni Keys Wins Theater Project Competition

“The Greed Game,” a play by Kianni Keys ’19 won 1st Place in THE THEATER PROJECT 17th Annual Young Playwrights Competition and was honored at an awards ceremony on March 9, 2019 at the Cranford Community Center, where the play … Continue reading

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Fiction by Annika Inampudi Earns Scholastic National Medal

Flash fiction story by sophomore Annika Inampudi ’21 earned a 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing National Silver Medal. This is Annika’s second National Medal. As an eighth grader she won a 2017 Gold Medal for her flash fiction story, “Stolen … Continue reading

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Jamie Paradis Published in Blue Marble Review

“A Tree Poem” by junior Jamie Paradis ’20 was published in the March 2019 Volume 13 issue of the Blue Marble Review, a quarterly online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers ages 13-21. In addition, Jamie recently … Continue reading

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Scholastic Award Winning Artwork by Justine Seo

Senior IB Artist Justine Seo earned 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Award recognition for her Mixed Media work and Art Portfolio. Justine says of her work: “A lot of my art is made by combining different objects I’ve encountered that … Continue reading

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IB/Advanced Art Exhibit

A Fall 2018 exhibition of Upper School Art in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery, curated by Arts Head Elaine Brodie, displayed a rich variety of genre and subject matter. The arts, in all their forms, are an important part of the … Continue reading

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Global Speaker Daryl Davis

Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series hosted R&B/blues musician, activist, author, actor and bandleader Daryl Davis. An acclaimed boogie-woogie pianist, Davis has played with musicians Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Bruce Hornsby, as well as Bill Clinton. In … Continue reading

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3D Printing by Warren Sunada-Wong

Creamy is an 11-piece interlocking puzzle by Warren Sunada-Wong ’20 made using SketchUp software and modeled after his pet guinea pig “Creamy.” He designed it during the 2018 3D Printing June Term course taught by science faculty Drew Kesler and … Continue reading

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LumeNAtion Places 3rd at International Acapella Competition

Newark Academy’s LumeNAtion finished in 3rd place at the International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal on January 25, 2019. Choral Director Viraj Lal said, “These 17 students poured their hearts out on the stage and I am beyond … Continue reading

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Academy Voices and Women’s Choir Performances

The Newark Academy choral groups “Academy Voices” and “The Women’s Choir” were invited to perform at the Maplewood Men’s Glee Club concert Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Choral Director Viraj Lal described it as “a wonderful collaboration with this Community Choir.” … Continue reading

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Personal Essay by Antonia Park

After graduating from Newark Academy, Antonia Park ’18 took a gap semester from Middlebury College to walk el Camino de Santiago in Spain and do volunteer work in Bali. While at Newark Academy, she attended the Alzar School, a semester … Continue reading

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Photography by Aneesha Kumra

“Heading Out” by Aneesha Kumra ’20 was selected for publication in the Fall 2018 issue of Susquehanna University’s APPRENTICE WRITER magazine.

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Drawing by Ashley Sun

This drawing was created by IB Artist and Scholastic National Gold Medalist Ashley Sun ’18. You can find more of Ashley’s work on WAM: Selected Works.

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2018 WAM Retrospective

Enjoy this sampling of writing, art and music posts from 2018, curated by WAM interns Alison Bader ’20, Stella Gilbert ’22 and Silvy Zhou ’21 and edited by Silvy. We hope it will inspire you to share your own creative … Continue reading

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Promposal Earns Surprise Visit from Victoria Justice

In this throwback post, alums Bailey Galvin-Scott ’14 and Brendan James ’14 filmed a promposal by classmate Max Whitmore ’14 to actress/singer Victoria Justice. The two filmmakers then followed up with an on-the-spot, real-time documentary of her surprise visit to … Continue reading

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PAX Rwanda Embroidery Exhibit

PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye, an exhibit of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists was featured in the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts at Newark Academy from September 4 – October 8, 2018. The … Continue reading

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Drawing/Illustration by Jessie Luo

Jessie Luo ’22 earned Scholastic Art & Writing regional Gold Key Awards for Drawing/Illustration in 2018 and 2019.  

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“The Laramie Project” Fall Drama

Over the past two months, the cast and crew of The Laramie Project, led by Newark Academy Theater Director Rachel Shapiro Cooper, have been hard at work bringing the story of Matthew Shepard to life. The following photographic series taken … Continue reading

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Poetry by Young Se Choi

“Evening in New York” by Young Se Choi ’18 was published by the New Jersey Lives Poets Society for their “Inside of Me” theme, summer 2016. You can read more of Young Se’s published work on WAM: Selected Works. Evening … Continue reading

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Cosimo Fabrizio Named Davidson Fellow

Cosimo Fabrizio ’18 was named a 2018 Davidson Fellow for his Jazz Guitar project titled, “21st Century Jazz Music – The Search for Authenticity.” He was awarded a $25,ooo scholarship. Cosimo writes: “Throughout my experiences growing up, my understanding of … Continue reading

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Award-winning Fiction by Ezra Lebovtiz

The following short fiction by Ezra Lebovitz ’18 won 3rd Place in the 2016 Johns Hopkins Creative Minds Fiction Contest and was published in the magazine IMAGINE. The judges said of his work: “Much goes unsaid between the brother and … Continue reading

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On Being a First Generation Korean American Woman by Antonia Park

The following article by recent graduate Antonia Park ’18 was originally published in Keke Magazine, of which she is the Managing Editor. Focused on on female empowerment and representation, Keke offers unfiltered, honest reflections of women’s lives and seeks to … Continue reading

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Academy Voices and Women’s Choir

Enjoy this wonderful sampling from the 2017-2018 repertoires of Newark Academy’s select chorale ensembles Academy Voices and the Women’s Choir, including a solo by Christine Pan ’18, directed by Choral Director Viraj Lal. Svatba Arr. Hristo Todorov Women’s Choir Lux … Continue reading

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Scholastic National Silver Medal Fiction by Ava Sharahy

“Hero to Three” by Ava Sharahy ’20 earned a 2017 Scholastic National Silver Medal in Flash Fiction. In 2018 Ava earned a National Gold Medal in Poetry for her poem, “M,” awarded at a Carnegie Hall ceremony on June 2018. … Continue reading

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Ceramics by Phillip Kim

These masterful ceramic pieces by Phillip Kim ’20 lit up the Newark Academy David Teiger Art Gallery in Spring 2018. “The vessels shown are ones I made with the intention of creating a more toned down and minimalist aesthetic, where … Continue reading

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LumeNAtion A cappella International Championship

Directed by Newark Academy Choral Director Viraj Lal, LumeNAtion competed in the International Championship of HS A cappella (ICHSA) for their 3rd time last year. They placed 1st place at their Quarterfinal and took 4th place at the Mid-Atlantic Semifinal … Continue reading

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“The End of Summer,” by James Worrell

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” – Shakespeare Stop motion video shot and edited by James Worrell. Music : Coumba by Orchestra Baobab off the album Pirate’s Choice Newark Academy’s Photography and Digital Media teacher, James Worrell, is … Continue reading

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Award-winning Photography by Zoe Ades

Two photographs by Zoe Ades ’18, “In the Old City” and “Everyday Childhood,” earned Scholastic Art & Writing regional Gold and Silver Keys respectively.

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An Exploration of Armor in Don Quixote by Reyther Ortega

This essay written by Newark Academy faculty member Reyther Ortega of the Language Department was presented at a May 2016 graduate student panel at Montclair State University where she studied in the Department of Spanish and Italian. Enjoy this thought-provoking … Continue reading

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Violinist Rebecca Slater Earns Governor’s Award

Violinist Rebecca Slater ’18  earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22, 2018. Rebecca is being recognized for … Continue reading

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Samantha Parelli Earns Governor’s Award for Flash Fiction

“Hotel Lobbies,” a short story by Samantha Parelli ’21 earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22, 2018. … Continue reading

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Art Exhibit by Paul and Irene Aspell

A fall 2017 Newark Academy exhibit by artists Irene and Paul Aspell  incorporated both their sensibilities, combining Paul’s ceramic plates and Irene’s paintings.  The artists have been married for 35 years. Paul Aspell, who taught at Newark Academy for 16 … Continue reading

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Scholastic National Gold Medal Poetry by Ava Sharahy

“M” by Ava Sharahy ’20 earned a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal in Poetry awarded at Carnegie Hall in June 2018. In 2017 Ava earned a National Silver Medal in Flash Fiction for her story, “Hero to … Continue reading

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Claire Dempsey and Alexis Romay Duet

I Don’t Need a Roof “We educators like to encourage our students to step out of their comfort zone. This, like most things in life, is something that is easier said than done. I believe that one can only inspire … Continue reading

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Scholastic National Gold Medal Poetry by Ezra Lebovitz

This poem was part of a poetry portfolio by Ezra Lebovitz ’18 that earned a Scholastic National Gold Medal, to be awarded at a Carnegie Hall ceremony in June 2018. Other poems in his collection included “Cracking My Knuckles in … Continue reading

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Scholastic Gold Medal Photography by Gillian Cohen

“Miles and the Birds,” by Gillian Cohen ’20 earned a 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal for Photography. Gillian will be honored at an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. Brava, Gillian!

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“Trust No One” by Gabrielle Poisson

“Trust No One,” a play by Gabrielle Poisson ’17, won the 34th NJ Playwrights Festival annual high school contest and was staged by professional actors during the Playwrights Festival at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. In preparation for … Continue reading

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Food Photography Challenge

The following images, a sample of those currently on display in the Newark Academy dining hall, were taken by Upper School Digital Photography students in response to two challenges, described below, crafted by Photography and Digital Arts teacher James Worrell. … Continue reading

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“Miguelina” film by Reyther Ortega

Miguelina A film by Language Department Faculty Reyther Ortega Venezuela, 2003, 14 min. 35 mm “When you grow up in Latin America, magical realism is part of your daily life. You read it in school, of course, but a ghost … Continue reading

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Bala, McGraw, Moretti and Tolentino Jazz Quartet

Enjoy this fabulous rendition of “Seven Steps to Heaven” by Miles Davis and Victor Feldman performed by a jazz quartet of Vikram Bala ’20 on bass, Teddy McGraw ’20 on drums, Luca Moretti ’20 on piano, and  Newark Academy Jazz … Continue reading

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Apprentice Writer Publication by Young Se Choi

This short story by Young Se Choi ’18 was selected by the Susquehanna University Annual High School Writing Contest and published in their literary magazine, THE APPRENTICE WRITER, Vol. 35, Fall 2017. “Sunny” by Young Se Choi Upper Eastside. Carnegie … Continue reading

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Raku Pottery by June Term Students

The following raku pottery pieces were created by the 2017 Art of Ceramic Raku Firing June Term class taught by Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie. The course offers students an opportunity to actively manipulate work in the final stage of … Continue reading

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Dance Concert Fall 2017

2017 Fall Dance Concert Four years ago, Mr. Tolentino and I embarked on our first attempt to have an entire dance concert played by Chameleon, Newark Academy’s award winning jazz band. We found it so rewarding professionally to challenge each … Continue reading

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Middle School Watercolors

These lovely watercolors, “Birch Trees in the Snow” were created in Spring 2017 by Ms. Brodie’s 8th grade art class, including Tiffany Agkpo, Jack Cleeve, Benjamin Cole, Erica Edman, Anant Gupta, Roshan Idnani, Julia Schwed and Alexandra Speck. They were … Continue reading

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Reid Christmann Grammy Band Performance

Jazz trombonist and Chameleon member Reid Christmann ’18 performed as part of the 2017 GRAMMY Big Band, an 18-piece big band comprised of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the country. The GRAMMY Foundation paid all expenses for Reid’s trip to Los … Continue reading

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Betsy Zaubler Wins Susquehanna University Writing Contest

This story by Betsy Zaubler ’17  won the prose category of Susquehanna University’s 35th Annual High School Writing Competition and was featured in Vol. 35, the Fall 2017 edition of THE APPRENTICE WRITER.  Dr. Glen Retief, Director of the Writers … Continue reading

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Photographer Jordan Matter Inspires Dance Photography Field Trip

The Dance, Photography & Film classes, led by Yvette Luxenberg, James Worrell and Joey Yow, collaborated on an annual New York City adventure inspired by the work of photographer Jordan Matter. This year’s trip included a visit from Jordan Matter … Continue reading

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Violinist Rebecca Slater Wins Honors

Violinist Rebecca Slater ’18  won an audition to Concertmaster in the All Eastern Orchestra. With the highest score among musicians from 11 states, she was First Chair when performing with this elite Orchestra in April in Atlantic City. Previously she … Continue reading

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WAM Montage

Newark Academy’s Writing, Art & Music blog, affectionately known as WAM, is a place for students, alumni, teachers, staff and visiting artists to share creative work  with the goal of supporting and encouraging artistic pursuits, large and small. We feature … Continue reading

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Women’s Choir and Original Dance Performance

The Newark Academy Women’s Choir, directed by Viraj Lal, performed “Barso Re” composed by A.R. Rahman, arr. by Ethan Sperry, at the Spring Choral Concert on May 24th, 2017. The accompanying dance, directed by Yvette Luxenberg, was choreographed by Anisha Mittal … Continue reading

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Photography by Debby Dixler

This beautiful series of images entitled “Light Falling on Horses” is the creation of longtime Newark Academy beloved art teacher and graphic designer Debby Dixler, who recently moved to Los Angeles. She writes, “Driving cross country has always been a dream … Continue reading

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Musician Coleman Hughes

Alumnus Coleman Hughes ’14, all around musician, jazz trombonist, and former member of the Newark Academy Jazz Band Chameleon, has earned many accolades. He was a three-time participant in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, … Continue reading

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Fiction by Samantha Kany

“The Sound of Winter” by Samantha Kany ’18 won 2nd place in the the Writers’ Slate annual writing contest sponsored by The Writing Conference, Inc. and Honorable Mention in Rider University’s Annual High School Writing Competition. The Sound of Winter … Continue reading

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Oil Pastel by Rebecca Dunayev

Enjoy this stunning artwork by Rebecca Dunayev ’19 created with oil pastels.

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Kianni Keys Wins NJ Young Playwrights Competition

“Smile” by Kianni Keys ’19 was one of two plays by Newark Academy students to win the 34th NJ Playwrights Festival annual high school contest. The other winner, “Trust No One,” by Gabrielle Poisson ’17 will appear on WAM later this … Continue reading

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Roy Kinzer Exhibit in David Teiger Gallery

Artist Roy Kinzer is exhibiting a body of work at the David Teiger Gallery for Studio Arts at Newark Academy from September 22 – October 24, 2017. A reception at Newark Academy will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017, … Continue reading

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Khalil Abdul-Malik’s ‘Federalist No. 86. Reparations for the Negro Slaves’

Federalist No. 86. Reparations for the Negro Slaves (after James Madison) by Khalil Abdul-Malik, Newark Academy Humanities Faculty To the People of the State of New York: Earlier I stated in Federalist No. 54, that “the case of the slaves … Continue reading

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Poetry by Abbey Zhu

In addition to earning Scholastic Art & Writing Regional Gold Key recognition, work by Abbey Zhu ’18 has been published in three national print magazines: Susquehanna University’s Apprentice Writer (“Ground Zero” Fall 2016, Vol. 34), Cicada Magazine (“Impediments” September/October 2016 … Continue reading

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Artwork by Sheila Vazir

This beautiful artwork by Sheila Vazir ’16 was created for IB Visual Art and exhibited in the Newark Academy McGraw Gallery in April 2016. Enjoy this lovely work. “In this piece and in general, the lotus often emerges from a … Continue reading

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Guitar Jam with Cosimo Fabrizio & Alexis Romay

Cosimo Fabrizio ’18 and faculty member Alexis Romay enjoyed an impromptu jam session outside Kaltenbacher Hall. A member of Chameleon, Cosimo received an Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2017 Charles Mingus High School Competition and an Outstanding Guitar Award at … Continue reading

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Chameleon Wins Honors at 2017 Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition

Newark Academy’s Jazz Band “Chameleon” directed by Julius Tolentino won 4th Place/Honorable Mention at the 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, which took place at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. … Continue reading

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“Walrus” short film by Brendan James

This 3-minute film by alumnus Brendan James ’14 was filmed for a class he took at Colorado College where he is a Film & New Media Studies major. Enjoy!

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Annika Inampudi Wins Scholastic National Gold Medal for Flash Fiction

This epistolary story by 8th grade student Annika Inampudi ‘21, written as a bonus exercise for English class with Ms. Alexandra Mahoney, won a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal for Flash Fiction. Annika will be honored at an award … Continue reading

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Poetry by Mel Xiao

Mel Xiao ’18 was named a 2017 New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate. She received a Governor’s Award and will have five poems printed in a national anthology. In addition,  Mel won a 2017 Moving Words Competition, through which her poetry … Continue reading

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Winter Orchestra Concert 2017

The Newark Academy Winter Orchestra Concert, directed by Amy Larkey-Emelianoff, took place on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the Dining Room and included Artist-in-Residence Amadi Azikiwe. Highlights were provided by senior soloists Matthew Melillo and Eric Jacobson. Enjoy listening to this … Continue reading

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Animation by Silvy Zhou ’21

Silvy Zhou ’21 created this fascinating animation on “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot for her 8th grade English class with Ms. Alexandra Mahoney. Silvy used more than 1,300+ layers to create the gif. According to Silvy: … Continue reading

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Kiran Damodaran Earns 2nd Scholastic Silver Medal

Senior Kiran Damodaran ’17 earned his 2nd Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Medal in two years, last year for Poetry and this year for his short story, “Carnival Games.” Kiran’s fiction and poetry have been published in Crashtest Magazine, YARN … Continue reading

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Ashley Sun Earns Scholastic National Gold Medal

“Reserve,” an extraordinary self-portrait in pencil and charcoal by Newark Academy IB artist Ashley Sun ’18 earned a 2017 National Gold Medal for Drawing/Illustration from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Bravo, Ashley!

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Writer’s Bone Interview with Tess Callahan

On February 27, 2017 Daniel Ford of the Writer’s Bone podcast interviewed Newark Academy English Department faculty member and author of APRIL & OLIVER Tess Callahan on process, craft, and how her new novel came to her like a fly … Continue reading

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3D Printing & Technical Drawing June Term Class

3D Printing & Technical Drawing is one of many June Term intensive learning courses offered to Newark Academy students in grades 9-11 during the two weeks following Memorial Day. A June Term course does more than simply inform students; it … Continue reading

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Oil Painting by Anne Capelli ’18

This stunning oil painting by junior Anne Capelli, created in Advanced Art taught by Jay Torson, was inspired by the work of artist Marion Rose.

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Ceramics by the “Art of Raku Firing” June Term Class

During the two weeks following Memorial Day, most Newark Academy Upper School students in grades 9-11 enroll in an intensive learning course known as “June Term.” One such course is the “Art of Raku Firing.” A June Term course does … Continue reading

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Mel Xiao Published in Blue Marble Review

This poem by Mel Xiao ’18 was published in the January 2017 issue of The Blue Marble Review. Mel’s work has also appeared in The Apprentice Writer, Black Fox Literary Magazine and Cicada Magazine.  She won a Bronze Medal for … Continue reading

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Montclair Times article by Betsy Zaubler

Newark Academy senior and Montclair resident Betsy Zaubler published this essay in the The Montclair Times in December 2016 in support of the Public Library. Betsy has received numerous awards for her writing, including the NJ Young Playwrights Competition, the … Continue reading

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Artist-in-Residence Amadi Azikiwe

The Newark Academy Arts Department hosted Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, from January 9-12, 2017 as part of the annual Artist-in-Residence Program. Mr. Azikiwe shared his expertise in a morning meeting performance and encouraged students to explore their creativity … Continue reading

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Sculpture by Quinn Butler ’19

This compelling ceramic sculpture titled “Unzipped” was made from earthenware clay by Quinn Butler ’19 in Advanced Ceramics class taught Elaine Brodie.

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Francesca Badalamenti ’18 Published by Claremont Review

“Dangerous Habits” a villanelle by Francesca Badalamenti ’18 was published in Fall 2016 Volume 50 of the Claremont Review. Established in 1992, the Claremont Review has published work by artists and writers aged 13-19  from all over the English-speaking world.  … Continue reading

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The Joy of SET by Rebecca Gordon & Co.

Newark Academy math teacher Rebecca Gordon has co-authored a book with Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon and Hannah Gordon: The Joy of SET: The Many Mathematical Dimensions of a Seemingly Simple Card Game, published by Princeton University Press. Have you ever … Continue reading

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Photography by Megan McCullough ’18

This photo by Megan McCullough ’18 was selected as cover art for Aerie International Magazine, vol. 9, 2016.The image was also made into bookmarks. Beautiful, Megan!

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“Searching for Ghosts” a Route 66 Journey by Steve Miller

Searching For Ghosts: Feral Tourist Explores the Past on Route 66 INTRODUCTION: Steve Miller, blues musician and longtime member of the NA Maintenance Department, ventured on a week-long motorcycle exploration of historic Route 66, also known as ‘Will Rogers Highway,’ … Continue reading

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Concert Choir Participates in “A Voice 4 Peace”

A Voice 4 Peace “Newark Academy’s Concert Choir participated in the #AVoice4Peace global initiative to connect choirs from around the world to sing ‘Ukuthula,’ a South African peace hymn for the 2016 United Nations International Day of Peace. We are … Continue reading

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Gabrielle Poisson ’17 Wins National Playwrights Contest

“Doesn’t That Sound Lovely?” a play written by Gabrielle Poisson ’17 during Newark Academy’s 2016 24-hour Play Writing Festival, won the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival and was professionally produced in the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles in June … Continue reading

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New Poetry Collection by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Newark Academy English Department faculty member Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, which was the Editor’s Choice in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize contest and is forthcoming in November, 2016; and the … Continue reading

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Award-winning Design by Lisa Fischer ’10

Designer Lisa Fischer was a Newark Academy student in the two-year Higher Level International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Program and received the Visual Arts Award in 2010, when she was also senior class president. Fischer earned an MA from Savannah College of … Continue reading

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Scholastic National Gold Medal Fiction by James Marcucci ’16

THE LONG HARVEST by James Marcucci ’16 won a 2016 Scholastic National Gold Medal for Novel Writing. National awards are given to less than 1% of Scholastic entries. Of those, only 15 students across the nation received Gold Medals for Novel … Continue reading

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Painting by Cindy Xiong ’17

This painting by Cindy Xiong ’17 was created in IB Visual Arts with Ms. Brodie. Enjoy this beautiful work!

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Vanessa Gabb to Publish First Book of Poetry

This poem by English Department Faculty member Vanessa Jimenez Gabb was published in Issue 18 of the online poetry journal DUSIE.  Ms. Gabb’s first full-length poetry manuscript has been selected for publication by Rescue Press. Her manuscript, Images for Radical … Continue reading

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“Christian in a Masjid” a poem by Amani Garvin ’15

The following poem by Amani Garvin ’15 was published in the national print magazine Cicada in June 2014. Amani currently attends Columbia University.         Christian in a Masjid The green carpet of the Masjid, The smell of … Continue reading

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Visual Art by Katherine Hall-Lapinski ’15

Katherine Hall-Lapinski ’15 explored a wide variety of media and styles this year in her Advanced Art 12 class with Mr. Torson. Enjoy this intriguing collection of drawings and mixed media collage.  

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“Collision Theory” a poem by Kiran Damodaran ’17

The following poem by Kiran Damodaran ’17, written in NA’s Creative Writing Workshop, was published in the Claremont Review, an international literary magazine for young writers. Kiran also won a National 2016 Scholastic Silver Medal for Poetry.     Collision … Continue reading

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“Waste” a 16mm Film Exploration by Greta Skagerlind ’14

This 90 second film was created by alumnus Greta Skagerlind ’14 as the final project for her Film Explorations Winter Session course at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she is a sophomore. Shot on a 16mm Bolex camera … Continue reading

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“The Russian Victory Network” creative nonfiction by Aaron Weiss

A. A. Weiss grew up in Maine and now resides in New York City. He teaches in NA’s Language Department after having lived in Ecuador, Mexico, Moldova and New Jersey. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Hippocampus Magazine, … Continue reading

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Sculpture Photography by Debby Dixler

Enjoy these striking images by NA faculty member Debby Dixler, (some of which were taken during the June Term Photography class). The expressions in stone tell a very human story. Click on www.dtwophotography.com to feast your eyes on this beautiful … Continue reading

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“Fracture” a film by Brendan James ’14, starring Bailey Galvin-Scott ’14 & David Yaroshevsky ’14

The following short film, written, directed, filmed and edited by Brendan James ’14 and starring Bailey Galvin-Scott ’14 and David Yaroshevsky ’14 has an all-star crew of NA students and alumni, including Aiden Fox ’16, Erin Garinger ’14, Flannery James … Continue reading

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Me, Myself & Mia: Artwork by Mia Smith ’15

Mia Smith, a member of the Newark Academy Class of 2015, an alumna from The Oxbow School semester OS30, and a future graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Class of 2019, has used art to express who … Continue reading

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“The Fifth Diver” by Alexis Romay

“The Fifth Diver” is a freestanding short story included in Salidas de emergencia (Emergency Exits), the first novel published by faculty member Alexis Romay. The book was published in Spanish and Italian editions in 2007. His novel, La Apertura Cubana, was … Continue reading

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IB Dancers Adina Gitomer ’15 & Emily Labdon ’16 Photograped by Blackie Parlin

Dance Teacher Yvette Luxenberg guided her IB/Advanced students through the process of creating their own dance pieces for their IB Final Solo Showings, which required them to make a piece of choreography with a clear intention, in any style, using … Continue reading

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Blues Lyrics and Video Performance by Steve Miller

Steve Miller of the NA Maintenance Department asks readers to bear in mind that lyrics are meant to be experienced in a performance, not read from a page. In the same way that a stage performance might be riveting in … Continue reading

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Gabrielle Poisson ’17 Wins NJ Young Playwrights Contest

“Worn Thin,” a play by Gabrielle Poisson ’17, written for Newark Academy’s “Page to Stage” June Term class and revised in Creative Writing class, won the 32nd annual NJ Playwrights Theatre Contest and was performed by professional actors at the … Continue reading

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“reasons we should buy this belize livingsocial escape” by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

The following poem by English teacher Vanessa Jimenez Gabb was published on the “30 Latin@ Poets/30 Days” segment of the online magazine Luna Luna. Ms. Gabb is the author of Weekend Poems, Dancing Girls Press, 2014. Please enjoy the poem … Continue reading

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Photography by Josh Charow ’16

Josh Charow’s photo “The Edge of the Earth” (below under “continue reading”) earned a 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Silver Key Award and his photography has been published in the Postscript Journal. Josh says, “The goal of photography for me … Continue reading

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“The City” a poem by Danielle Sidi ’14

The following poem by Danielle Sidi ’14, published on the Poets.org website, was written in response to “The Map” by Elizabeth Bishop (shown below). Dani’s experience in NA’s Creative Writing Workshop inspired her to take a creative writing class at … Continue reading

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Mooney ’16, Hawkins ’15, McDonnell ’15 & Viraj Lal Perform Ed Sheeran’s “A Team”

Erin Mooney ’16, Kalvary Hawkins ’15, Mark McDonnell ’15, and NA Choral Director Viraj Lal performed an acoustic cover of Ed Sheeran’s “A Team” at Newark Academy’s Pep Rally on October 24, 2014.  To listen to this amazing performance, click … Continue reading

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Green Committee Film by Aidan Fox ’16 & Matt Thekkethala ’15

This video, created by Aidan Fox ’16 and Matt Thekkethala ‘15 and shown at Morning Meeting on April 20, 2015, pins Matt against the principal of Kushner Academy, (played by Aditya Srivatsan ’15),  and his own inimitable psyche.

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“School Bus” a poem by Elizabeth Merrigan ’16

This poem by Elizabeth Merrigan ’16 was selected for publication in the Claremont Review, a premier international literary magazine for young writers. Congratulations, Liz!         School Bus The wheels sing rusty high into the street’s sandpaper sallow, … Continue reading

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Photography by Faculty Member Stephanie Acquadro

English Department Faculty Member Stephanie Acquadro shares her photographic eye. Feast your eyes on these lovely images. Click “continue reading” to see the rest of the photos.

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Violin Solo by Rebecca Slater

Violinist Rebecca Slater ’18 won an audition to concertmaster in the All Eastern Orchestra. With the highest score among musicians from 11 states, she was First Chair when performing with this elite Orchestra in April in Atlantic City. Previously she … Continue reading

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Music by Bob Mallalieu and Wayfarers & Company

Hawkes Library Director Bob Mallalieu, along with Norm Mallalieu, Amanda Parker, Carol Walker and John James, comprise Wayfarers & Company. This exciting group performs gospel music and old time songs on traditional instruments such as guitars, hammered and lap dulcimers, … Continue reading

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“A Gun Story” by Aaron Weiss, Pushcart Prize Nominee

“A Gun Story” is excerpted from a memoir, LENIN’S ASYLUM, which is forthcoming from Bleeding Heart Publications in 2016. Aaron Weiss also serves as nonfiction editor for The Indianola Review. Visit his website at www.aaweiss.com. Orginally published in Hippocampus Magazine … Continue reading

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“Why I Do My Homework” poetry & photography by Michael Lee ’15

This poem by Michael Lee ‘15 won the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English 2015 Bronze Medal for Poetry and was performed at an award ceremony in Scotch Plains, NJ on April 23, 2015. Michael will be invited to … Continue reading

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“Mom’s Potato Salad” a painting by Art Chair Elaine Brodie

Art Department Chair and McGraw Gallery Director Elaine Brodie painted this acrylic still life in the summer of 2015. Feast your eyes on this beauty!

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“No More Shame” an essay by SaVonne Anderson ’13

“No More Shame” by SaVonne Anderson ’13 was published on the blog For Harriet, and reprinted in SaVonne’s book, Womanifesto, edited by classmate Alyssa McPherson ’13.  SaVonne’s work has also appeared in the Comma literary magazine and LoveBrownSugar multicultural beauty blog. … Continue reading

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10-minute Play by Betsy Zaubler

The following play by Betsy Zaubler ’17 earned Honorable Mention in the 2016 Princeton University Lewis Arts Center National 10-minute Play Contest and won the 32nd annual NJ Playwrights Theatre Contest where it was performed by professional actors at the … Continue reading

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Micro Marine Photography by Kristin Duszak

NA staff member Kristin Duszak took these stunning marine photographs with a Zeiss dissecting microscope coupled with a Canon DSLR and various complicated attachments. During the time, Ms. Duszak was the manager of a lab focusing on Benthic Community Ecology at … Continue reading

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Sylvia Plath Inspired Poems by Betsy LaPadula

Because curious minds never stop learning, English Department faculty member Betsy LaPadula (author of the poetry chapbook Elpenor Falls) took an online poetry class focusing on the work of Sylvia Plath. The following poems were written in response to prompts … Continue reading

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Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” performed by OSG

 “Mark McDonnell ’15 and I formed OSG in our  freshmen year. The other members are Aaron Levy ’16 and Patrick Peters ’15. Julia Tarnow ’17 joined us as a guest performer for this recent morning meeting performance of ‘Sweet Child … Continue reading

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Sculpture, Drawing & Cut-outs by Greta Skagerlind ’14

Former Newark Academy IB Art student Greta Skagerlind is a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design. Check out Greta’s blog for images of her accordion paper cut-out representations of Haven Brothers Diner in Providence, Rhode Island, as well … Continue reading

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“May Day” a short story by Emma Hoffman ’16

The following short story by Emma Hoffman ’16 was selected for publication by Polyphony H.S., an international student-run literary magazine for high school students. The events of the story are loosely based on the kidnappings of 43 students in Iguala, … Continue reading

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Op-Ed & Personal Essay by Alexis Romay published by Translating Cuba & NBC News

“On Cuba, Hope and Change” was published on December 23rd, 2014, by Translating Cuba, the platform that publishes the blogs that are banned by the Cuban government. (Here you can read the essay in Spanish.) Alexis Romay of the NA … Continue reading

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“The Painter’s Wife” a poem by Alyssa McPherson ’13

The following poem by Alyssa McPherson ’13 won the NJCTE Gold Medal in poetry. Aly received a 2013 Governor’s Award in Arts Education and performed her poetry at the Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton in 2013 and … Continue reading

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“Intimacy and Disequilibrium” an essay by Claudia Lu ’15

The following essay by Claudia Lu ’15, written for the Film Studies class taught by Ms. Acquadro, won a 2015 Scholastic Silver Key Writing Award in the “Critical Essay” category. Intimacy and Disequilibrium: A Film Study on On the Waterfront … Continue reading

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How to have Great Ideas —in Spanish

NA Language Department faculty member Alexis Romay (#Profe) says: “Following on the footsteps of Bored and Brilliant, an initiative of WNYC’s radio show “New Tech City,” a couple of weeks ago, I assigned my IB Spanish 2 class a group … Continue reading

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“Night Without Words” a Sestina by Josh Martin ’16

Night Without Words As I approach my father lying serenely in his hospital bed, I feel ashamed to be called his son. What kind of father would abandon the ones he says he loves and look so peaceful lying there … Continue reading

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“Behind the Counter” Kitchen Staff Documentary by Cohen ’16, Fox ’16, Merritt ’17 & Persing ’15

As part of the 2014 Documentary Filmmaking June Term, Mr. Milani asked students to develop an idea for a story and then bring it to life through the filmmaking production process. Jason Cohen ’16, Aidan Fox ’16 (director), Isaiah Merritt … Continue reading

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“If I Could Write to Truman Capote” an essay by Haley Mudrick ’15

Haley Mudrick’s personal essay, “If I Could Write to Truman Capote,” excerpted below, won the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English 2015 Gold Medal for Creative Nonfiction.  Dear Mr. Capote, I was raised to believe that people could be … Continue reading

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From the Desk of Poet Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

The online literary press Real Pants asked NA faculty member and poet Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, author of Midnight Blue and co-founder of Five Quarterly, to share a photograph of her writing desk and answer the question: Messy or clean? “I need … Continue reading

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Painting & Drawing by Stewart Tillyer ’15

Enjoy this recent work by IB Artist Stewart Tillyer ’15. The third drawing, “Snowy Pond,” was the cover of the 2014-2015 Creative Writing class anthology. Beautiful work, Stewart!  

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“Can We Escape?” flash fiction by Daniel Kwiatkowski ’15

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards hosted a celebratory reading in a renowned independent NYC bookstore featuring a select group of Northeast Region-at-Large Gold Key award recipients. Daniel Kwiatkowski ’15 was invited to read his Gold Key Flash Fiction piece, … Continue reading

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Photography by Truman Ruberti ’16

When I found out the theme of the Community Art Show Exhibit was going to be “Zoom In,” I immediately knew that I wanted to do something with photography, partially because zooming in with a camera would be a very … Continue reading

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Learn how to “Dance the Michael” from Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Lee

In Spring 2015 NA had the fortune of hosting artist-in-residence Jonathan Lee. An Alvin Ailey dance instructor, Lee has worked with various recording artists including Grammy Award winners Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Tracy Chapman and Joe as … Continue reading

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“Shadow Friends” fiction by Gabrielle Poisson ’17

This story by Gabrielle Poisson ’17 won 1st Place in the 2015 Writers Slate Fiction Contest sponsored by the Writing Conference, Inc. The daylight was waning and the damp beach had descended into a cool lull. Over-sized men in beach … Continue reading

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Vignettes in Oil & Acrylic by Nina Pusic ’15

Nina Pusic ’15 is a Newark Academy senior and IB visual artist. Her work is primarily a collection of painting in oils and acrylics. She enjoys incorporating color theory into her pieces while making statements about the human condition. You … Continue reading

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“Cathedrals” a poem by Emma Hoffman ’16

This poem by Emma Hoffman ’16 was published in the Fall 2015 issue of The Louisville Review.  The piece, begun as a personal essay and distilled into a poem, is based on the poet’s personal experiences and on the Cathedral … Continue reading

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“Unembellished We” a poem by Mollie Wohlforth ’15

The following poem by Mollie Wohlforth ’15 was published in Polyphony H.S. Her work has also been published by Canvas Literary Magazine and BRICKrhetoric Literary & Visual Arts Journal. She was co-editor-in-chief of NA’s literary magazine, Prisms.   Unembellished We … Continue reading

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Watercolor by Hannah Tarnow ’16

Artist Hannah Tarnow ’16 created this piece during the IB Visual Art class’s color unit. In her words, “I chose to use watercolor as my medium, as I had not used it much before. The painting I made is a … Continue reading

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“Hammerhead Goes to the Gallows” a story by Andrew Alford

NA’s Computer Science teacher and Tech Office guru, Andrew Alford, was recently awarded a New Writer Award Honorable Mention by Glimmer Train Magazine for his short story, “Erasure.” He calls the piece below a “mock, mock trial story,” (with apologies … Continue reading

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Haicubano Haiku Project by Alexis Romay

I wrote the first 50, 000 words of La apertura cubana, my second novel, during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2009. This year, pressed for time, I settled for seventeen syllables per day. My idea was to deconstruct and/or (re)create Cuba, three … Continue reading

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“Like Agamemnon’s Bath” by Betsy LaPadula

“Ben Zimmerman ’19 sent me an article from the Huffington Post about high-saline-content, blood-red, 140-degree Lake Natron and its hauntingly preserved animals, who perish because something about the lake confuses their sense of direction, and they crash into it.  After … Continue reading

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Performances by Alyssa McPherson ’13 & Flannery James ’14

Alyssa McPherson ’13 and Flannery James ’14 performed their poetry at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on October 24, 2014. For details click on the Creative Writing News. Below is … Continue reading

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“Catey Shaw’s ‘Brooklyn Girls’ Is Only Cute When Lana Does It” by Elizabeth Coscia ’11

Alumnus Elizabeth Coscia ’11 is a New York Observer columnist operating out of New York and Washington D.C. with a background in culture and politics. Elizabeth participated in the Creative Writing Workshop at NA and currently attends Georgetown University. Read … Continue reading

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Photography by Stephanie Acquadro

Feast your eyes on these photographs taken by faculty member Stephanie Acquadro. The first two are from a faculty trip to Cuba.   Click “continue reading” to see the rest of the photos.

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“Yellow Starbursts” by Danielle Sidi ’14

The following contribution to WAM! is from alumnus Danielle Sidi, who currently studies at Emory University. Another of her poems, entitled “The City” (written in response to Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “The Map”) was published on Poets.org and can be found … Continue reading

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Visual Art by Andie Wei ’14

An image of Andie Wei’s charcoal drawing, “Rain in Tokyo” was published in the Summer 2014 issue of the national print magazine Teen Ink. In the comment section below, please let Andie know what you think of this lovely piece. … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction by James Blume

The following story by James Blume ’19 won a 2014 Scholastic National Gold Medal for Flash Fiction. A multi-genre writer, James was a finalist in the 2017 NJ Young Playwrights Competition, won a 2017 NJCTE Bronze Medal for Poetry, and … Continue reading

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24-Hour Playwriting Festival

Friday, January 24, 2014 ~ Lautenberg Black Box Theatre.       “In Limbo” Writer: Hannah Zack. Actors: 14E – Emma Coffey; 15E – Parnika Sharma. Director: Jake Mundo “Seratonin Blues” Writer: Abe Ratner. Actors: Patient – Peter Torres; Therapist – Alex Tarowsky; … Continue reading

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