List of 6 news stories.

  • Newark Academy’s Michaela Wang ’21 named Finalist for 2020 Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest

    Newark Academy senior Michaela Wang has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest. You can read Michaela's winning essay, in which she analyzes Gandhi's Salt March letter, on the WAM blog.

    The contest is run by the Association of Indians in America, South Jersey Chapter, which is held every year and is open to all middle and high school students in NJ. Several NA students have entered in the past and Benjamin Kany '18 won the contest in 2016. This year's prompt was to respond to the quotation, "Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love." 

    "I've always wondered what qualities characterize impactful leaders," Michaela said. "Through analyzing Mahatma Gandhi's salt march letter, a political and emotional provocation against British salt taxes, I realized that the innate power of words. I explore how, from the very diction Gandhi employs to the tone he projects, his conciliatory language can simultaneously subvert the reader and empower them to take action.  I too internalized this conciliatory language in my own writing style throughout the essay.  I'm elated to be nominated as a Top 12 Finalist by the Association of Indians in America, and encourage intrepid writers and to find weight in words."

    An awards ceremony via Zoom is scheduled for Sunday, October 11, at which time the top contestants will receive prizes ranging from $50 to $250.
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  • Newark Academy Holds 247th Convocation

    On September 16, 2020, Newark Academy came together virtually, while on the NA campus, in a celebration of the 247th Convocation. The annual ceremony brought together NA students, faculty, administrators and staff to commemorate the start of a new academic year and recognize long serving faculty. The time-honored tradition was live-streamed through NA YouTube channel.

    New and returning Newark Academy students, faculty, administrators, and staff participated in the annual ceremony that is a time-honored tradition whereby the school community celebrates the start of a new academic year and also recognizes long-serving faculty. 

    Due to COVID-19, the event was held virtually, with students watching the YouTube live stream. Head of School Donald M. Austin addressed the students, as did student council president Mikey Marcus ’21. Dean of Faculty Traci L. Osterhagen Brock recognized the faculty longevity milestones.

    The following Faculty were recognized:
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  • Five Newark Academy Students Make National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinals

    More than 1.5 million juniors across the United States entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, and five students from Newark Academy made it to the semifinal round of the prestigious academic competition, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
    Elaine Choy ’21, Annika Inampudi ’21, Samantha Parelli ’21, Eric Weng ’21, and Andrew Zabelo ’21 made the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinal round, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced. The five will get to continue the competition for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

    According to the NMSC, to become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.
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  • Newark Academy Holds Annual Peer Retreat

    Newark Academy held its annual Peer Leader training retreat on NA's 68-acre campus from August 26-28. Forgoing the annual trip to the Pocono Environmental Educational Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA, due to COVID-19, 16 seniors gathered at the school to discuss what it really means to be a role model in word and deed. Together, they developed active listening skills, learned to give constructive feedback to others, experienced the stages of group development and facilitated productive discussion. In addition, Peer Leaders participated in a group consensus co-leader selection process and planned their initial peer group activities.
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  • Newark Academy’s Drama Department Hosting Auditions for “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms”

    Newark Academy’s Drama Department is hosting auditions for “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms,” by playwright Qui Nguyen, on Wednesday, September 9 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 10 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Callbacks will take place as needed on Friday, September 11.

    Description: A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. “She Kills Monsters,” tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. Tilly's sister Agnes loses herself in her sister's game to reclaim their connection. In the high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, the acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
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  • Newark Academy’s Dan Bailey-Yavonditte Named National Fencing Coach of the Year

    Newark Academy’s Dan Bailey-Yavonditte was already regarded as a top high school fencing coach in the state of New Jersey. Now he’s been recognized as the best in the country -- the USA Fencing 2020 National High School Coach of the Year. 

    Dan's achievement comes after helping Newark Academy to clinch the Boys Fencing New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association (NJIFA) Team Tournament Title for the first time, after winning the District 3 and Prep B Championships. The second-year coach was nominated by four Minutemen fencers.

    “It’s just an honor to be nominated. New Jersey has so many committed and talented high school coaches. To be selected out of the country’s coaches is pretty amazing,” Dan told USA Fencing. “I really enjoy working with high school students as a coach. That they thought well enough of their experience to nominate me is amazing. It’s their effort that makes the team what it is. It’s their hard work, their willingness to put the work into their individual fencing and supporting their teammates that make our team great … Being nominated by them is pretty cool because they’re a great bunch of kids.”
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