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  • Twenty-two students named Commend National Merit Scholarship Students

    Twenty-two Newark Academy students were named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, placing among the top 50,000 students who entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
    In addition, Siddharth Chalasani, Melanie Kramarchuk and Skywalker Li advanced as semifinalists in the competition. These students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.
    Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program:
    Lucas Alland
    Max Alter
    Loren Ashfield
    Matthew Catrambone
    Sophia Chen
    Katherine Fishbone
    Lauren Freed
    Stella Gilbert
    Maximillian Gorbaty
    Serin Hwang
    Amaani Jetley
    Dhruv Kapur
    Ryan Kim
    Mason Kung
    Amanda Lei
    Emma Lu
    Saif Prabhu
    Brandon Recce
    Emily Swope
    Asha Toolsidas
    Samantha Witt
    Albert Zhou
    The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year.
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  • Five Things to Know About NA’s New Equity and Inclusion Director Rochelle Outlaw Edwards

    Newark Academy has appointed Rochelle Outlaw Edwards as the new Director of Equity and Inclusion. Rochelle, who joined NA in 2018, has served as a humanities teacher, the Humanities Department Chair, and Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. Rochelle brings over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of fields, including law, business and non-profit management and education to this role.
    Here are five things to know about Rochelle:
    She practiced law before switching her career to be an educator.
    Rochelle earned her J.D. from Ohio Northern University and previously practiced labor and employment and employment discrimination work, mainly defending corporations.
    “Practicing law was just not feeding my soul, at all,” said Rochelle, explaining why she pivoted from law to education. As a result, she enrolled in a Ph.D history program at the University of South Carolina and began teaching college students before arriving at Newark Academy.
    She’s jaw-droppingly good at jigsaw puzzles.
    “I love jigsaw puzzles,” Rochelle said. “I started doing puzzles when I was three or four years old. I can now do a 1,000 piece puzzle in about six to eight hours.”
    She’s married to an Army veteran and has four children.
    When everyone’s home, it is a full house for Rochelle. Her husband Clarence is an army veteran of 24 years and she has three daughters, Keanna, 24, Zariah, 22 and Naja, 13, and a son Micah, 9.
    Her first protest was in 1991.
    Rochelle first became involved in activism during her senior year of high school when she participated in a sit-in following the acquittal of the police officers involved in the Rodney King case.
    Ever since, she’s been actively involved in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, working for the Office of Multicultural Affairs in college, mentoring law students of color and being a member of the Association of Black Women Lawyers, to name a few.
    Her favorite thing about Newark Academy is the students.

    She admires their wide variety of talents, love of learning and passion for social issues. She is most looking forward to hosting “Diversi-teas” with the students in her office — drinking tea together while discussing any issues the students are facing in a safe space.

    “It’s part of why I became an educator...I love building relationships with young people… because I think this is the most important part of their development right now,” Rochelle said.
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  • Anthony Giachin ’17 Named to the 2021 First Team All-Patriot League

    Former Minutemen baseball star Anthony Giachin ’17 was named to the 2021 First Team All-Patriot League for his performance with the Division I Army West Point Black Knights during the 2021 season.
    Giachin, a third baseman, has now earned three First Team All-Patriot League honors during his collegiate career. He capped off the 2021 season with 209 hits, 127 runs and 32 RBIs, closing out his campaign as a Black Knight with a career batting average of .304.
    Giachin’s name is riddled throughout the Army West Point record book. During the 2019 season, Giachin recorded the most multi-hit games in school history with 25 and tied for second in most RBIs in one season with 67.
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