News

2021

  • August

    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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  • July

    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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  • June

    Alumna Salamishah Tillet ’92 named 2021 Carnegie Fellow

    Salamishah Tillet
    Newark Academy alumna Salamishah Tillet ’92 was named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Recipient for her cultural history project “In Lieu of the Law: ‘Me Too’ and the Politics of Justice.”
     
    As a recipient, Tillet will receive a $200,000 grant to fund her research. The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides philanthropic support for scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society. The award is for a period of up to two years and its anticipated result is a book or major study. The criteria prioritize the originality and promise of the research, its potential impact on the field, and the scholar’s plans for communicating the findings to a broad audience.
     
    About Tillet
    Tillet is the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing, the director of New Arts Justice, and the associate director of the Price Institute at Rutgers University–Newark.
     
    She penned “In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece and Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination” and in 2020, was awarded the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for her book-in-progress, “All the Rage: Mississippi Goddam and the World Nina Simone Made.”
     
    She is also the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a non-profit that uses art to educate, engage and empower young people to end violence against girls and women.
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  • Boys’ Tennis Captures 14th All-Time Tournament of Champions Title

    The Newark Academy boys’ tennis team concluded its season in dominant fashion, capturing its state-leading 14th all-time Tournament of Champions title. This triumph added to the Minutemen’s list of impressive accolades throughout the 2021 season, including the Non-Public State Championship title, Non-Public North Sectional title, the Essex County Tournament title and the Super Essex Conference title.
     
    The undefeated Minutemen (25-0) was ranked between No. 1 and No. 3 nationally by Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) throughout the course of the season and held its No. 1 preseason rank in the State of New Jersey.
     
    “I’m super proud of our entire team,” Senior Captain Sam Goidel told NJ.com. “We’ve worked so hard throughout the season. It’s been a long road and we’ve had a lot of tough matches, but I’m proud of the way we’ve persevered.”

    Goidel has committed to play NCAA Division III tennis at the University of Chicago and teammate Andrew Zabelo will go on to play for the Beavers at California Technical Institute in the fall.

    “It’s great being a part of this team that achieved so much this season,” senior Andrew Zabelo told NJ.com. “We left a legacy.”

    Upon conclusion of the team’s season, the Minutemen also saw success in the NJSIAA state singles and doubles individual tournament.

    The duo of freshman Andrew Kotzen and sophomore Ethan Polen defeated Chatham to claim the NJSIAA state doubles tournament victory.
     
    “It’s awesome to win, especially as a freshman and a sophomore,” Kotzen told NJ.com. “It’s cool to come out here my first year of high school tennis and win it. The experience was great.”
     
    In the singles competition, junior Nicolas Kotzen capped off an impressive season with a second place finish in the state.
     
    The Minutemen are led by Head Coach Lou Scerra and Assistant Coach Rich DiBianca.
     
    “I would say this group is up there with the best teams we’ve had,” said Scerra to NJ.com. “I’m proud of our guys.”
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  • Five Students Named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

    Five members of Newark Academy's Class of 2021 were named National Merit Scholarship Program finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

    Each year, more than 1.5 million high school students across the United States enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. This year, NA’s Elaine Choy, Annika Inampudi, Samantha Parelli, Eric Weng and Andrew Zabelo advanced to the final round of the prestigious academic competition, representing less than one percent of high school seniors across the nation.

    The National Merit Scholarship Programs recognizes those seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence throughout their high school careers and who performed exceptionally well on their SAT or ACT standardized tests.
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  • Newark Academy Celebrates the Class of 2025 at Eighth Grade Graduation

    Newark Academy celebrated the achievements of the eighth grade class and its symbolic move to the Upper School during a graduation ceremony on campus on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

    “This was an impressive and flexible class,” said Middle School Principal Tom Ashburn in his welcome address. Mr. Ashburn encouraged the students to find something they’re passionate about and to find a lot of people they love.

    Head of School Donald M. Austin commended the students for their leadership during turbulent times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and noted that the biggest lessons learned over the past year were resiliency and adaptability.

    Mr. Austin called on the Class of 2025 to get involved, make new friends, be patient, make connections with teachers and prioritize strong friendships as they move on to the Upper School.

    Eighth grade speaker Abby Hsu reflected on the awkward years of sixth grade, before the Class of 2025 became the leaders of the Middle School. She thanked all of the parents, faculty and staff on behalf of the eighth grade student-body and noted that the memories made in the Middle School will carry the students forward into their next journey in the Upper School. Evan Breckman gave humorous closing remarks following the awarding of certificates, lightheartedly sending the eighth grade class on to the Upper School with joy and laughter.

    To view the full Facebook photo album from the Grade 8 Class Night, click here.
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  • Newark Academy Graduates the Class of 2021

    Newark Academy conferred the degrees of 103 students at the Class of 2021 Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

    The Class of 2021 boasted 45 International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates, 21 Cum Laude Society Members and over 13,000 hours of community service since their freshmen year.

    “I hope that all of you will become lifelong learners and retain your curiosity,” said Head of School Donald M. Austin. “The faculty and I wish you rewarding lives as thoughtful and compassionate citizens.”

    Chairman of the Board of Trustees Samuel W. (Sam) Croll III ’68 told students that in the future they would be most proud of how they handled unexpected problems brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and to always hold onto their joy, be kind and be optimistic.

    Director of Equity and Inclusion Gardy Guiteau commended the Class of 2021 for their instrumental part in creating space equity and inclusion discussions at Newark Academy.

    “Our diversity as individuals brings great perspective and difference and ways of knowing and being [it], really is what make us amazing, greater, smarter and better humans,” Mr. Guiteau said.

    Molly Cantillon was chosen by the Cum Laude Society to deliver the traditional T.C. Abbey Oration, recited each year at Commencement in honor of beloved teacher T.C. “Charlie” Abbey. Cantillon urged her fellow classmates to step out of their comfort zones and connect with strangers in their future endeavors.

    “Through the excitement of college life, to our unpredictable careers and beyond, I urge you to consider who might enrich your daily conversations? Who will push you closer to attaining your highest aspirations? Who will be the stranger who changes your life?” she said.

    Kaitlin Weiss recited a reflective poem titled, “To the Future of Us,” to her fellow graduates. “Here is to the future of us, physically separate, yes, but together always,” she said.

    Director of Library Services Robert Mallalieu, who is retiring from NA after 39 years of service, took the students on a journey down “Friendship Road” in a humorous and inspiring Commencement address about the importance of embracing future colleagues, valuing the friendship of places and finding life-changing friends.

    “We wish you all extraordinary lives filled with wonder, discovery, health, happiness and fulfillment, and yes, good, good friends along that remarkable journey,” Mallalieu said.

    Humanities faculty member Amy Schottland concluded the ceremony by reciting lyrics from Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” urging the students to never lose sight of life’s precious possibilities.

    To watch the entire 2021 Commencement Ceremony, click here.

    To view the full Facebook photo album, click here.
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  • Students Explore Engaging Topics through Master Classes

    In a week of experiential learning and engaging workshops, Newark Academy Upper School students in Grades 9 through 11 participated in Master Classes during the week of June 7, 2021.

    Newark Academy Master Classes provide opportunities for students to explore engaging topics through short, self-contained, activity-focused workshops that feature NA's "Six Cs" of skill development in action (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character, cultural competency).

    Forensics, Environmental Sculpture, Textile Upcycling, Absurdist Shorts Stories, Guitar 101 and Mindfulness, Yoga and Guided Imagery were among the unique and diverse Master Class offerings.

    Watch the videos below to learn more about our Master Class experiences.


    Check out some more photos of our Master Class experiences here.
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  • 2021 NCAA Athletic Signings

    Across the athletic fields on the NA campus, you can often find student-athletes showcasing their athletic prowess in a variety of sports — from football and track to field hockey and soccer. While all Minutemen are prepared to potentially play a sport in college, several NA seniors have chosen to continue their athletic careers as National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scholar-athletes.

    NA seniors who have committed to becoming college athletes beginning in Fall 2021 include:

    Will Charvala
    Washington College
    Lacrosse

    Jordan McCray-Robinson
    Fordham University
    Track and Field

    Thomas Clancy
    Cornell University
    Baseball

    Katilin Weiss
    Bowdoin College
    Lacrosse

    Sam Goidel
    University of Chicago
    Tennis

    Andrew Zabelo
    California Institute of Technology
    Tennis
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  • Newark Academy Announces 2021 Ad Lumen Awards

    The prestigious Ad Lumen Award is presented annually to seniors who, in the eyes of their peers and of the faculty, best represent the ideals expressed in the Newark Academy mission statement. While the award recipients typically excel in the classroom, what truly distinguishes them is their commitment to enriching the NA community. In often modest yet purposeful ways, these students are the ones who shape and fuel the remarkable achievements of student organizations, sports teams, arts ensembles, and academic classes. They pursue their passions with energy and focus, giving the best of themselves and bringing out the best in others. Congratulations to the Ad Lumen Award recipients from the Class of 2021: Annika Inampudi, Jeffery Keys, Michael Marcus, Jordan McCray-Robinson, and Pravan Chakravarthy.
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  • April

    Cosimo Fabrizio '18 named a 2021 Truman Scholar

    Newark Academy alumnus Cosimo Fabrizio '18 was named a 2021 Truman Scholar for New Jersey! The Truman Scholarship is considered the premier graduate scholarship for students who intend to enter governmental work or public service in the United States.

    Students were nominated by their institution based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement. This year’s scholars include 62 college students representing 51 U.S. colleges and universities. They were selected from 845 candidates nominated by 328 colleges and universities. Each Truman Scholar receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.

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  • Lisa Grider Appointed to CASE's Commission on Philanthropy

    Lisa Grider, Newark Academy’s assistant head of school for external affairs, was appointed to the Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE)'s Commission on Philanthropy and begins a a three-year term on July 1, 2021. 

    The CASE Commission on Philanthropy, which is composed of 16 educational advancement professionals from around the world, supports the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the advancement disciplines. The focus of the commission is to examine and evaluate professional practices and to develop and monitor advancement programs and services to ensure that they reflect current knowledge, emerging issues and trends, and the highest ethical and professional standards.

    Lisa joined Newark Academy in 2008 and guides the school's non-academic departments that most frequently engage with constituents beyond the campus. Her full bio can be found here.
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  • LumenNAtion Finished in Second Place at the 2021 ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal

    LumeNAtion, NA's esteemed a cappella group, finished in second place during the 2021 International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal tournament. In a typical year, NA students would have competed in person against several schools in New Jersey. This year, with many schools' arts programs taking place online or on hiatus, the competition was held virtually to allow as many schools to participate as possible. The 16th season of the ICHSA tournament featured nearly 3,000 performers in 193 groups from high schools across 30 states and two countries.
     
    “LumeNAtion had one night to stage and video record their performance; as always the students exceeded our expectations. The group rallied in difficult circumstances, dedicated their time and talents, and took creative control in designing and producing their competition video,” NA Choral Director Viraj Lal says. 
     
    To view LumeNAtion’s winning performance, click here
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