News

2020

  • November

    Newark Academy’s Tom Clancy Signs with Cornell to Play Baseball

    For the third straight year, Newark Academy baseball is sending a student-athlete to pitch at the Division-I level.
     
    Thomas Clancy has committed to compete in the Ivy League at Cornell University. Thomas was preceded by Lucas Rich ’20 (Lehigh University) and Matt Ciconne ’19 (Rutgers University).
     
    “It definitely helped me just to get some advice from older guys. They were very supportive and they were always quick to help me out because I got a chance here in my freshman year to actually play and start in varsity,” Thomas said. “But a lot of it was I had confidence for the first time, just because I knew that I had these guys behind me and I didn't have as much pressure because I knew that. They kind of acted like coaches to me as well as our coaches.”
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  • The 17th Annual Newark Academy Community Art Exhibit to Showcase “The Nature of Things,” Accepting Submissions

    The Newark Academy Arts Department is accepting submissions for the 17th Annual Newark Academy Community Art Exhibit.

    Newark Academy Community members are invoked to make a work of art based on the idea of The Nature of Things. This theme can be approached in a number of ways. One could choose to focus on capturing the essence of something from the natural world. This includes representing the nature of elements, dreams, or memories. For more ideas, watch this presentation that Mrs. Brodie shared during a morning meeting earlier this week.  Artists may work in any medium, and there are no limitations in regard to the size.  The work should be school appropriate and delivered “exhibit ready” from January 19 – 22, 2021. For more information, contact Chair of the Arts Department, Elaine Brodie, at ebrodie@newarka.edu

    The David Teiger ’47 Gallery for the Studio Arts features the artwork of professionals and students in exhibits that change each month. In the month of January, the NA community comes together and creates works of art based on a common theme. Submissions from students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents are welcome.
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  • Newark Academy Boys' Cross Country Wins Non-Public North Jersey Group B Title

    For the third year in a row, Newark Academy’s boys’ cross country team ended the season as champions and did so in dominating fashion.

    Newark Academy won the Non-Public, North Jersey Group B title, with all five runners placing in the top five. This allowed the team to to win over Morris Catholic and the rest of the six-team field at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ.

    The top-five portion of the Minutemen pack finished within 55 seconds of each other, with Andy Nagpal ’22 leading the way in 17:20, followed by Jack Ryan ’21 in 17:38, Matthew Malloy ’23 in 17:53, Luka Opacic Rodrigues ’24 in 18:08, and Maximilian Gorbaty ’22 in 18:15.
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  • Newark Academy names Noelle Shirey Girls’ Lacrosse Head Coach

    As Athletic Director John Amosa began the search for Newark Academy’s next girls' lacrosse head coach, his list of desired characteristics was challenging -- a student-first mentor/leader, a proven winner, a culture-builder and, if possible, a person who had enjoyed success in the sport at a high level. The good news for Amosa is a person that checked every item was just down the hall in second-year Field Hockey head coach Noelle Shirey, who was named Girls’ Lacrosse Head Coach today.
     
    Shirey, a lacrosse and field hockey student-athlete at NCAA Division III Fairleigh Dickinson, holds a full-time position at Newark Academy as Assistant Director of Annual Giving. As a collegiate lacrosse player, Shirey led her team as a three-year captain, earning Middle Atlantic Freedom Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Regional All-American and her team’s Most Valuable Player accolades in 2018. Earning leadership awards in both sports, she was nominated by FDU for the NCAA’s Female Athlete of the Year.
     
    Shirey joined Newark Academy as a member of the Department of Institutional Advancement in 2018 and as coach of the junior varsity Field Hockey team. In 2019 she was named Head Coach of the NA Field Hockey program and served as assistant coach for the girls' lacrosse team, working with both the varsity and junior varsity squads. Shirey orchestrated a quick turnaround in the Minuteman Field Hockey program with her team jumping out to 7-0, without giving up a goal, in the first two months of the 2020 season.
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  • October

    Newark Academy Drama Department Presents "She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms"

    The fall drama She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms will be filmed and edited prior to its premiere. It will be screened on November 4 and November 5 at 4 p.m. in the Coraci Performance Hall for students, faculty and staff. There will be a virtual screening on November 7 at 7:00 p.m. for friends and family. The presentation on November 7 will be followed by a live talkback with the cast and crew. For more information, contact the Director of Theatre Arts Rachel Shapiro Cooper.
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    • Seven Newark Academy Seniors Earn College Board National Recognition Program Awards

      Seven Newark Academy seniors were named to National Recognition Programs the College Board. Lauren Martindale, Bolu Oshuntolu, Jeffery Keys and Tiffany Agkpo were named National African American Recognition Program Scholars. Nicole Pesquin, Mateo Zoubek, and Julia Schwed were named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, and Jeffery Keys was also named a National Indigenous Recognition Program Scholar.

      The College Board National Recognition Programs create pathways to college for students from underrepresented communities by awarding them academic honors and connecting them with universities across the country. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or small town, maybe invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs.
       
      The College Board National Recognition Programs grant students academic honors that can be included in college applications. Colleges will use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT and in their classrooms.
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    • Past and Present NA Choir Members Perform Together for Navy Veterans Ceremony

      To close out the summer, current Newark Academy choral singers and choral alumni gave a virtual performance of "Lean on Me" in honor of Bill Withers, Lone Sailor Award Recipient and a Navy Veteran, at the Lone Sailor Honors Reception. Performers included Meredith Janay '22,  Yasmeena Sharif '23, Abhi Varadarajan '23 and Yavan Vyas '23 were current NA singers, while alum Madeline Levinsohn '19, Gabi Poisson '17 and Christine Pan '18 joined them, with NA Choral Director Viraj Lal coordinating the rendition.
       
      Each year, the US Navy announces the Lone Sailor Award recipients in recognition of  Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective careers, during or after their service, while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. This year, Bill Withers was counted among the honorees.

      Watch the performance here
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    • September

      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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    • August

      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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    • Newark Academy Students Participate in Cornell Virtual Internship

      Six Newark Academy students were set to embark on an in-person internship with Dr. So Yeon Yoon from Cornell University, who previously worked with students interested in STEM, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality at Newark Academy in the fall of 2019. With the seeds planted for a budding relationship, the original plan was to have the students come to Ithaca, NY for a summer internship.
      However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they transitioned online, with Ryan Kim ’22, Molly Cantillon ’21, Kaya Patel ’22, Kayla Cohen ’21, Julia Seebach ’23 and Lizzie Schwartz ’21, completing virtual summer internships. Their efforts to successfully pivot to an online program culminated in presenting their projects at Mixed Reality @ Cornell consortium, which gathers efforts from across Cornell’s campuses that relate to augmented and virtual reality and their core disciplines of computer vision, computer graphics, and human-computer.
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    • July

      NA BASEBALL NAMED TO 2019-20 AMERICAN BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TEAM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

      Newark Academy’s baseball team has been named to the 2019-20 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award. NA is amongst 434-member college and high school programs from across the country that have been awarded the 2019-20 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Newark Academy was recognized with the award for the second year in a row, which goes to programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire academic year. Of the 146 high school teams along with 288 programs from the NCAA Div. I, II, III, NAIA, and junior college levels, Newark Academy was one of three schools from New Jersey to garner the award.
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    • Newark Academy and Your Data


      Dear Newark Academy Community Members, 

      Newark Academy, and those of us who serve NA, value our relationship with you and take seriously our responsibility to protect the personal information that you share with us. With that in mind, we are writing to let you know that Newark Academy was recently informed by Blackbaud, one of NA’s cloud-based data management providers, that it discovered and intercepted a ransomware attack in May 2020. This cyberattack involved files that Blackbaud manages for Newark Academy’s Office of Institutional Advancement. 

      What is Blackbaud? 
      Blackbaud is the global industry leader in providing fundraising and constituent engagement data management for nonprofit organizations. It is widely considered the industry standard and, as such, has thousands of educational clients, both in independent school and in higher education. Further, Blackbaud serves many national nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross, and a large number of non-governmental organizations around the world. Due to its industry dominance, Blackbaud reports that it thwarts more than a million cyberattack attempts each year. 

      What happened? 
      In May 2020, Blackbaud discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals attempt to disrupt a company by locking that company out of its own data and servers. Upon discovering the attack, Blackbaud’s cybersecurity team — along with independent forensics experts and law enforcement — successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking access and fully encrypting files; and ultimately expelled the attacker from the Blackbaud system. Prior to being locked out, the cybercriminal removed a subset of data stored by Blackbaud. 

      What data was affected?
      Included in the Blackbaud data subset that was attacked were names, addresses, telephone numbers and giving history from Newark Academy’s Institutional Advancement database. The cybercriminal was unsuccessful in obtaining anything beyond contact information and giving history. Encrypted information held in Newark Academy’s data files, including credit card and banking information, usernames and passwords, and dates of birth remained secure and were not obtained in this attack. Newark Academy does not hold social security numbers in its fundraising/constituent engagement database. This incident did not involve our enrollment database or student information system (My NA).

      Upon receiving notification from Blackbaud, Assistant Head of School Lisa Grider and Director of Technology David Kapferer, along with other members of the Advancement team conducted a review of our constituent records to ensure integrity.

      What happened to the data?
      Blackbaud, in conjunction with cybersecurity consultants and law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, agreed to pay the ransom demanded by the cybercriminal and received confirmation that the stolen data had been destroyed. Based on the nature of the incident, our research, and third-party (including law enforcement) investigation, we have no reason to believe that any data went beyond the cybercriminal, was or will be misused, or will be disseminated or otherwise made available publicly.

      What measures has Blackbaud taken to increase security? 
      As part of its ongoing efforts to help prevent or thwart future attacks, Blackbaud informed Newark Academy of several additional measures that have been implemented to protect your data. Through testing by multiple third-parties, including the appropriate platform vendors, Blackbaud has informed Newark Academy that the vulnerability that enabled the cybercriminal to access the information was remedied in order to withstand any future attacks of this nature. If you wish to learn more about this security breach and security measures, please contact Blackbaud at 1-855-907-2099 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday – Friday.

      What measures is Newark Academy taking to increase security? 
      Newark Academy is one of many schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations impacted by this breach in data security. The Blackbaud product used by Newark Academy's Office of Institutional Advancement resides on a Blackbaud cloud server (not on one of the school's on-premise servers, which are also vulnerable to cyberattacks). Used daily by members of the Advancement Office, the Blackbaud data management platform requires two-factor authentication each time a member of our staff accesses the system and terminates that access within minutes of each login.

      NA is joining with a number of independent school groups demanding that Blackbaud remedy any deficiencies in its data control system through enhancements to access management, network segmentation, and deployment of additional endpoint and network-based platforms. 
       
      What can you do? 
      As a best practice in cybersecurity, Newark Academy community members are encouraged to remain vigilant in monitoring online identity and accounts. According to the United States Department of Justice, “internet-related crime, like any other crime, should be reported to appropriate law enforcement investigative authorities at the local, state, federal, or international levels, depending on the scope of the crime.”

      Unfortunately, security breaches and attacks (also called “hacks”) are regular aspects of life in the 21st century. Please know that Newark Academy will continue to engage only with those external partners that can provide the highest level of protection for your ongoing engagement with our community.

      Sincerely,

      Lisa Grider
      Assistant Head of School for External Affairs                
      David Kapferer
      Director of Technology                                      
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    • June

      Sophomores Michael Pyo and Konrad Czyzewski Named USA Fencing All-Americans

      Sophomores Michael Pyo and Konrad Czyzewski have been named USA Fencing All-Americans. Michael was named to the First Team in Foil, while  Konrad was named to the Second Team for Saber.
       
      "Michael and Konrad's commitment to the independent development of their skills is only overshadowed by the leadership and spirit they provide to their teammates,” coach Dan Bailey-Yavonditte. “These two exemplify what it means to be part of the NA fencing program and the NA community at large."

      Konrad finished the fencing season with a record of 23-2, and Michael finished the season 19-3. Both players scored 3-0, helping NA 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. Both had been previously named to All-State Teams.
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    • May

      Kaitlyn Chee '23 Publishes Cookbook, Donates Proceeds

      While sheltering in place, Newark Academy freshman Kaitlyn Chee published her first cookbook, "Easy Eatings—The Book for Kids Whose Parents Don't Cook," which was recently released! All profits will be donated to the charity, "Save the Children", which is providing food to children amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The book is available on Amazon here.
      “Each chapter is based around a country and is compiled of simple recipes, as well as stories of my travels around the world,” Kaitlyn said. “Due to the current pandemic, many of us have had more time on our hands and have brought up a new hobby of cooking.” NA’s Ethan Chee ’20, Kaitlyn's brother, took the cover photos, while Silvy Zhou ’21 created the beautiful cover design.
       
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    • Newark Academy’s Warren Sunada-Wong ’20 Awarded National Merit Scholarship Committee Scholarship

      After being selected as finalists earlier this academic year, Newark Academy senior Warren Sunada-Wong was among the students chosen as one of the National Merit Scholarship winners nationwide. Each student received a scholarship worth $2,500 from the National Merit Scholarship Committee (NMSC) for their selection.
      Warren was categorized under computer science.
      According to the release from the NMSC, National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
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    • Lou Scerra Hired as Newark Academy’s Girls’ Tennis Coach

      Newark Academy has hired long-time assistant coach Lou Scerra as its next girls’ varsity tennis coach, NA Athletic Director John Amosa announced.
       
      “Coach Scerra epitomizes the standard of excellence for NA Athletics,” Amosa said. “His passion for the sport of tennis and his commitment to our individual players and as a team is an ideal match for the outstanding history and tradition of NA girls’ tennis.”
       
      Selected to lead NA’s prestigious boys’ tennis program two years ago and taking them to new heights, Coach Scerra has been tabbed to do the same for the girls’ tennis program following a highly successful tenure as the program’s top assistant coach.
       
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    • April

      Newark Academy’s Molly Cantillon ’21 and Ivy Xie ’21 Garner Awards at North Jersey Regional Science Fair

      Newark Academy juniors Molly Cantillon and Ivy Xie recently participated in the North Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF), and both were recognized with awards.

      Molly, who used long-range radio communication to collect biopotentials from wild rats in an experiment that addressed the paucity of naturalistic stress models by collecting data from wild rats in a diverse environment similar to that of humans. This won her the Naval Science Award, given by the Office of Naval Research, which “awards four individual projects in science and engineering that conduct research in areas of interest to the Navy.”

      Ivy, who did a project to study and to develop accurate machine learning models for the diagnosis of depression using mobile sensor data, won two awards. Ivy garnered the IEEE NJ Section Young Engineer Award, which is “presented to two projects in Engineering, Math, Physics and Biomedical Engineering that demonstrate the use of sound engineering principles,” and the Yale Science and Engineering Awards, which “recognizes two outstanding 11th grade projects in computer science, physics or chemistry. Winners must register through the designated website to receive a formal certificate and a medallion.”
       
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    • Newark Academy Announces 2020 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 excels 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 2020: Brian Dion, Sophia Ludtke, Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell, and Warren Sunada-Wong. Honored at the all-school morning meeting, below is what Head of School Don Austin said about each recipient:
       
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    • Newark Academy Art Teachers Have Work in South Orange Performing Arts Center

      Newark Academy Art Department Chair Elaine Brodie and Digital Arts Teacher James Worrell each have two pieces of artwork that will be virtually showcased in South Orange Performing Arts Center's (SOPAC) "Inspiring Minds" exhibition, beginning this week. They join several New Jersey educators in showcasing their mastery of art techniques and highlighting the importance of not only teaching art, but also creating it. Their works can be seen here. James' images feature this past Winter Musical and last year's Spring Dance Concert
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    • NA BUILDS COMMUNITY IN A CRISIS, HOSTS HATE HAS NO HOME HERE

      The COVID-19 crisis did not deter Director of Equity and Inclusion Gardy Guituea from continuing the conversation surrounding equity and inclusion at Newark Academy. If anything, it helped push it further.
      Starting shortly after returning from spring break for remote learning, NA students, faculty, and staff were invited to join an important discussion hosted by Gardy on how to build community in times of crisis. Like the learning experience for the foreseeable future, this would have to be done remotely while socially distancing.
       
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    • Newark Academy to Host Second Annual Northern NJ High School Eco-Summit

       
      Newark Academy’s Green and Blue Committee invites students in grades 8-12, from local independent and public schools, to the Second Annual Northern NJ High School Eco-Summit on May 2, 2020 from 11 a.m - 12:30 p.m. 
       
      This year the summit will be held virtually, featuring Keynote Speaker Melissa Miles, eco-Justice manager from Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC). Melissa represents ICC and Newark on the Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Projection, and is also an advisory board member of the Moving Forward Network and on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Healthy Ports. In her role, she works closely with the Climate Justice Alliance, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and the Post Landfill Action Network.
       
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    • Jocelyn Willougby '16 Picked No. 10 in WNBA Draft

      Newark Academy’s Jocelyn Willoughby ‘16 was drafted No. 10 by the Phoenix Mercury before being traded to the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Jocelyn is regarded as one of the best - if not the best - girls' basketball players in school history, scoring 1,707 points as an All-American that was named the New Jersey Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Jocelyn was also a 1,000-point scorer and All-ACC and All-American player on the court at the University of Virginia. A four-time All-ACC Academic Team member, Jocelyn is currently pursuing her Masters after graduating from UVa in three years.
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    • Newark Academy Community Service Makes Masks for Healthcare Workers

      Newark Academy’s community service program is offering weekly challenges that can be done by students of all ages and their families. Every Monday, @NA_Service on Instagram and Twitter will post a new opportunity to make a difference to others -- right from the comfort of your own home.
       
      “These challenges are designed to help create a community through serving each other with the recognition that we are all in this together,” Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer said. “The hope is that we can see service as a means of taking action while we are asked to be inactive and stay home.” 
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    • Newark Academy Federal Reserve Challenge Team Wins Bracket, Named Group Champion

      The Newark Academy Federal Reserve Challenge team participated remotely in the preliminary round of this year's High School Federal Reserve Challenge, organized by the Federal Reserve Challenge Bank of New York on Wednesday, March 12, winning their bracket and named a group champion. The team members were seniors Eric Lieberman, Sophia Chen and Andrew Pulver, and juniors Emily Tang and Spencer Loh. During their 30-minute presentation, students discussed what action they would take if they were members of the Federal Open Market Committee (a crucial part of the Federal Reserve System responsible for setting monetary policy) in the current economy, and then took questions from a Fed monetary policy expert. This required the students to present, analyze and evaluate economic data before explaining their policy recommendations.
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    • March

      Jeffery Keys '21 Lily Sternlieb ’24 Earns Scholastic National Gold Medalist

      Newark Academy junior Jefferey Keys and eighth-grader Lily Sternlieb recently earned a Scholastic National Gold Medalist award for their pieces of writing. Jeffery wrote a Critical Essay, Caricatures, and CitizenshipIntertwined and wrote the Lily wrote a Dramatic Script, We Write the Words we Cannot Say. 

      The Civic Expression Award and Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award are given to only a handful of Gold Medal winners and come with a scholarship/stipend, making Jeffrey's achievement especially notable

      An active member of Dr. LaPadula’s English class, Lily also works with Dr. LaPadula on the Middle School Lit Magazine.
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    • Five Newark Academy Musicians Make Region Jazz

      Five Newark Academy musicians earned top placements from the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE). Kayin Davis ’23 (drums) and Jacob Tolentino ’24 (trumpet) both came in first for the junior band, while Ethan Lee ’22 (tenor saxophone) came in first place for the high school band. Shivan Kundra ’23 and Ben Chaddha ’21 also made the high school band on trumpet.
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    • Newark Academy Fencers Konrad Czyzewski ’22, Michael Pyo ’22 Named to All-State Teams

      After leading Newark Academy to the Boys Fencing New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association (NJIFA) Team Tournament Title for the first time, sophomores Konrad Czyzewski and Michael Pyo have been named to the NJIFA All-State Team. Konrad was named to the Second Team for Sabre, while Michael was named to the Third Team for Foil. Konrad was also named to NJ.com’s All-State Boys Fencing Third Team for Sabre.
       
      Konrad finished the fencing season with a record of 23-2, and Michael finished the season 19-3. Both players scored 3-0, helping NA to clinch the State Title.
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    • Newark Academy’s Cameron Wright ’23 Advances to the Vex Robotics VRC World Championship.

      Newark Academy freshman Cameron Wright recently competed in the Vex Robotics New Jersey VRC State Championship, where he and his partners received the Excellence Award. Cameron's team now qualifies to compete in the Vex Robotics World Championship which will take place on April 22-25 in Louisville, KY. The Excellence Award is an all-around award for innovative design, teamwork challenge competition, autonomous robot programming, the maintenance of an excellent engineering notebook, and live interviews with the judges.
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    • Chameleon and NA Big Band Advance to New Jersey Association for Jazz Education State Finals

      Newark Academy’s nationally renowned jazz band, Chameleon, will go for its 11th straight New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) State Title on April 25 at 5:00 p.m. at J.P. Stevens High School. Chameleon qualified for the NJAJE State Finals by receiving a gold rating in the preliminaries. The band also received an outstanding saxophone and rhythm section award, as well as the top sight-reading award. Michael Wang ’20 and Luca Moretti ’20 received soloist awards, while Yasmeena Sharif ’23, Vikram Bala ’20 and Ben Chaddha ’21 received honorable mentions as soloist.
       
      The NA Big Band, the Academy's junior band, qualified for the NJAJE State Finals as well, receiving a silver rating in the preliminaries. NA Big Band also received a gold rating for sight-reading, which was the first for the ensemble. Last year, NA Big Band came in third place in the state finals, making it the first time that the group has gotten into a top-three position. The NA Big Band has received strong leadership from Noah Chirnomas ’22, Ryan Kim ’22, Eli Song ’20 and Akshay Bhandari, according to long-time, Newark Academy Jazz Director Julius Tolentino.
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    • Boys’ Fencing Wins First NJIFA Team Tournament State Championship

      Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing won the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association (NJIFA) Team Tournament Title for the first time. The Minutemen defeated powerhouse Ridge, 15-12. Read the complete game story on NJ.com here.
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    • Vihaan Jetley ’25 Qualifies, Will Compete in NJ State GeoBee

      After winning Newark Academy's School-wide GeoBee, seventh grader Vihaan Jetley qualified for the State GeoBee on March 27. Vihaan will compete against upwards of 100 peers from across the state in the National Geographic GeoBee New Jersey competition will be held at Rowan University. More information is available on the competition's webpage on the event details page.
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    • February

      Newark Academy Wins Two Soloist Awards at Mingus Festival and Competition

      Newark Academy seniors Vikram Bala and Teddy McGraw were awarded soloists awards at the Mingus Festival and Competition for playing bass and drums, respectively. The two are members of NA’s nationally renowned jazz band, Chameleon, which was able to work with several members of the Mingus Big Band and play with some of the top high school band programs in the country.
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    • Dr. Pradeep Kumar Will Be Newark Academy’s Next STEM Speaker

      Dr. Pradeep Kumar, a senior portfolio manager at Prudential Investments, will discuss education and careers in STEM on February 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 208. He will speak to students about his journey from a science and engineering career to the application of his skills within the business field. Dr. Pradeep holds a Ph.D. in financial economics and a B.E. in civil engineering. Most of his current work involves trading currencies and bonds in emerging market countries. 
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    • Five Newark Academy Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Finalists

      In September, five Newark Academy Seniors were selected as National Merit Scholars Semifinalists were among 1.5 million juniors across the United States that entered the 2020 Merit Scholarship Program.

      The five, Grace Bu ’20, Eric D. Lieberman ’20, Kira Lu ’20, Lori Sun ’20 and Warren R. Sunada-Wong ’20,  made the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program final round, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced. One of 7,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships and represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors as Finalists.

      National Merit Finalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, are endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm their student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.
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    • Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing Wins Prep B Title

      Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing put forth a complete team effort to win the Prep B State Title. It is the team's fifth Prep B State Title since 2009, and first title since winning three in a row from 2012-2014.
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    • Newark Academy to Host Second Annual New Jersey Students of Color Conference

      Newark Academy will host the second annual New Jersey Students of Color Conference (NJSCC) on February 29. Students of color from regional independent schools in northern New Jersey are invited to gather and connect with one another in order to further social dialogue both within their respective communities and across institutions. The theme of this year’s conference is Internalized Oppression and Self-Love Within Identities of Color.
       
      Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Nyle Fort, who is a minister, activist, and scholar based in Newark, NJ. He has worked in education, criminal justice, and youth development for over a decade in various capacities including: the National Director of Communities Against Militarized Police; Founder and Co-Director of the Organizing Praxis Lab at Princeton University; and lead trainer at Momentum, an activist incubator that builds large-scale social movements in the United States and around the world.
       
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    • Three Newark Academy Students Selected to North Jersey Region Band

      Maya Martos, 7th grade French Hornist; Jacob Tolentino, 8th grade trumpeter; and William Crall, a freshman tuba player were selected to perform with the North Jersey School Music Association North Jersey Region Bands on March 8 at Madison Jr. School. 7th grade French Hornist, Maya won first chair in the top group, auditioning against 21 other 7th, 8th, and 9th graders 8th grader, while Jacob, placed 4th out of 42 trumpeters and will also perform in the top ensemble. Freshman Tuba player, William, won first chair and will also perform with the top group.
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    • NA Senior Explores a Career, Learns a Language Through of Feinberg Travel Grant

      When Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell ’20 was preparing to travel to Argentina on a two-week immersive learning experience, she had her trepidations. While she wanted to further explore working in hospitals, she was initially concerned that she would be doing so in a foreign land and language.
       
      “I was really uncomfortable the first two days I was there because I was so insecure about my Spanish because it's not the greatest, so I was insecure about my accent,” Ruqaiyyah recently recalled. “But I realized I'm only there for two weeks and when am I ever going to get this opportunity again as a 17-year-old?”
       
      Thanks to an endowed Feinberg Travel Grant at Newark Academy, Ruqaiyyah had the opportunity to move beyond her initial concerns and embrace a unique opportunity to work as an intern alongside surgeons in Argenti, sitting in to see several surgeries and procedures. Staying with a host family and three other girls that were American, Ruqaiyyah knows the travel grant was invaluable.
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    • Newark Academy Model UN Returns with Two Awards

      Anat Gupta ’21 and Virkim Bala ’20, Newark Academy Upper School students received awards during the John Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference (JHUMNC) in Baltimore. Anat was named “Best Delegate” for his work representing Canada in the International Monetary Fund. Vikrim, the co-president of NA’s Model UN, was named an “Outstanding Delegate.” This year the focused on the Yom Kippur war of 1973. The four countries involved were Egypt, Syria, Israel, and the United States of America.
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    • Newark Academy Presents Don S. Polite Jr. as Black History Month Speaker

      Don S. Polite Jr. will address The Burden of Respectable Behavior: Race and Gender Under the U.S. Jim Crow Empire on February 19 at 6 p.m. in Newark Academy’s Middle School Commons. Mr. Polite, NA’s featured speaker during Black History Month, is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History at the University of South Carolina, is the featured speaker. He is a recipient of the Gilder-Lehrman Research Fellowship, the Grace Jordan McFadden Scholars Program Fellowship, and the Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Writing Fellowship.
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    • Newark Academy Arts Department to Perform Godspell

      Newark Academy students will perform Godspell on February 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morris Museum Bickford Theatre. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) and it took the world by storm. 
       
      Godspell is a magical retelling of the Gospel according to Matthew, through the interpretation of the story of Jesus Christ and his disciples. NA’s ensemble retells parables by using a wide variety of storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. The score boasts an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side.” The musical’s message of kindness, tolerance, and love comes vibrantly to life. Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences and leave us with the message of self-love, authenticity and celebrating difference.
       
      Tickets will be available for $12 in the NA Bookstore and at the door on the evening of the performances.
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    • Newark Academy Junior Jeffery Keys Wins Scholastic Writing Competition

      Newark Academy’s Jeffery Keys ’21 won a Scholastic Writing Competition Gold Key for a thoughtful and moving essay he wrote about racial stereotypes entitled, Caricatures and Citizenship Intertwined. He entered the essay into the Scholastic Writing Competition, winning a Gold Key, awarded to the very best works submitted in the region and is automatically considered for national-lever recognition. The essay stemmed out of a project form last year, when humanities teacher’s Ms. Edwards, Mr. Coe and Ms. Fischer created the citizenship project, completed by all sophomores in either AP U.S. History or American Experience and designed to help students gain a better understanding of the history of our nation by examining the development of our civil society and the changing idea of citizenship. Other student projects included Chinese and Indian immigration, police brutality, and women’s reproductive rights. 
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    • Three Newark Academy Eighth Graders Garner Scholastic Writing Awards

      Newark Academy eighth-graders Lily Sternlieb, Ambika Sharma and Kieri Keys received Scholastic Writing Awards for works they submitted. Gold Keys are awarded to the very best works submitted in the region and are automatically considered for national-level recognition, which Lilly received two of, one from Dramatic Script and another for Novel Writing. She also earned an Honorable Mention for Short Story and Poetry. Ambika received honorable mention for Science Fiction and Fantasy and Kieri was awarded a Silver Key in the short story category.
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    • Newark Academy Has Second Annual Theater Immersion Day

      Thirty-seven Newark Academy theatre students traveled to New York City on Sunday for the Second Annual Theater Immersion Day. Students met with talent agent Ashley Landay and casting director Victor Vasquez, CSA. They were treated to a performance and workshop featuring Chase Clark and Olu Somorin, who wowed with a performance of August Wilson’s "Fences." The day on Broadway ended with a matinee of "Grand Horizons" at the Helen Hayes, produced by Second Stage and a talkback with cast member Matthew Scott.
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    • January

      Newark Academy’s Molly Cantillon ’21 Wins Norm Brodsky Business Idea/Plan Concept Competition

      Newark Academy junior Molly Cantillon won the Norm Brodsky Business Idea/Concept competition at Rider University on January 25 for her work on the startup, Rengantz.
       
      Last year, Molly worked on Rengatz, which facilitates the interaction between law enforcement agencies and rental car companies during rental car pullovers, as the current process is extremely inefficient and prolonged to look up the driver’s information. She helped design an integrated, real-time database that allows law enforcement agencies to readily access information about rental car drivers (including identification, criminal and firearm history) before they approach the car by being able to search the driver’s history in the database, creating safer interactions and safer communities.
       
      Molly was among 400 students to enter, and she was picked to make her pitch as a finalist in the sophomore/junior division.
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    • Four Newark Academy Student Receive Scholastic Art Awards

      Several Newark Academy visual artists were recognized as Scholastic Art Awards winners. Some entered several pieces and received an array of awards. Silvy Zhou, a junior, and sophomores Stella Gilbert, Jessie Lou and Kaya Patel garnered accolades. NA had a trio of Honorable Mention and a pair were given Silver Key Awards and Gold Key Awards. Gold Key Award winners' work will be displayed at the Montclair Art Museum from February 15 to March 22, 2020.
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    • NAPA Hosts Annual International Dinner

      The IB/Advanced dance class performed a Chinese dance choreographed by Newark Academy Mandarin Teacher Fan Luo at the annual International Dinner hosted by the Newark Academy Parents Association (NAPA) on January 21. The dinner started with trivia and was followed by additional performances in order to unite the NA community. All were welcome and there was no charge for admission. Guests were asked to simply bring a dish to share from their cultural heritage.
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    • Newark Academy Hosts MLK Day of Service

      While classes were canceled on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 100 members of the Newark Academy community participated in Newark Academy's annual MLK Day of Service on January 20 for a "day on" rather than a "day off." The event took place from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. beginning with an educational program at Newark Academy followed by service opportunities on campus and a service/education trip to Newark in keeping with this year’s community service theme aimed at reconnecting to the school’s roots in Newark.

      Prior to participating in various service projects, volunteers heard from keynote speaker Aisha Glover and engaged in an educational program to honor Martin Luther King’s influence on our country, with special emphasis on his call to be an upstander and take action, big or small, to make a positive difference.
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    • Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing Wins District 3 Championship

      Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing won the District 3 Championship on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The Minutemen had a score of 81, eking out Columbia and Chatham by one point.
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    • Newark Academy’s Chase Clarke ’20 Named Conference Player of the Week

      Newark Academy sophomore Chase Clarke has been named the Super Essex Conference player of the week by NJ.com. Chase had 26 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks in a 72-54 win over Cristo Rey, followed by 31 points, 17 rebounds and a block in a 63-55 win over rival Montclair Kimberly the week of January 13-18. Chase is averaging a double-double on the season with 25.6 points and 14 rebounds per game.
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    • Pair of Newark Academy Musicians Make All-State Band and Orchestra

      Both Ruthie Gu ’21 and Leah Shiff ’20 auditioned for and were accepted to the New Jersey All-State Bands and Orchestra. Ruthie will play principal oboe in the Symphonic Band, performing at Atlantic City and NJPAC in February, and Leah will play French Horn in the All-State Orchestra in Atlantic City and at NJPAC in November.
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    • Newark Academy’s Chameleon to Perform as Finalist at Charles Mingus Festival

      Newark Academy’s nationally renowned jazz band, Chameleon, is among 12 finalist ensembles in the 12th Annual Charles Mingus Festival and High School Competition. The group entered an audio submission in December and will be performing with some of the nation’s top jazz programs on February 15 and 16 at The New School of Jazz and Jazz Standard in New York City. Newark Academy has been among the finalists several times in the past, achieving first place in 2014 and 2015.
       
      "This is quite an accomplishment and an honor for our program,” Band Director Julius Tolentino shared. “This festival consistently has the top jazz bands in the country, and I'm excited for our students to be recognized at a national level. It's never about the competition aspect for me, but always about the music and community. The Charles Mingus Festival is a great example of that by celebrating Mingus' music and bringing together students from different communities that share a love of jazz music."
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    • Dr. Michael Recee Visits NA as STEM Speaker

      Dr. Michael Recee, Chief Data Scientist at Neuberger Berman-Asset Management Co., will be Newark Academy’s next STEM Speaker on Friday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 208. Dr. Recee works on applying machine learning, cloud computing and large unstructured data to investing. He has completed graduate work in physics and neuroscience and will focus on “Humans vs. Machines” and compare the way that our brains work to the way computers work. 
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    • NA Finishes Second in Santelli/Cetrulo Fencing Tournament

      Newark Academy boys' fencing placed in second at the Santelli/Cetrulo Fencing Tournament on Saturday - the school’s best finish since winning the tournament in 1960. Newark Academy finished 10 points behind powerhouse Ridge overall, as well as Newark Academy came second in sabre and fourth in foil.
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    • 11 NA Musicians Make North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra

      A record number of Newark Academy musicians auditioned for the North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra on January 4, with 11 making the groups. Student musicians prepare for months to audition for these elite ensembles. Acceptance into the Region groups qualify you to try out for All-State. The Region Wind Ensemble concert is Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Parsippany Hills High School, while the Region Orchestra concerts is Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3:00 p.m.
       
      Here's the list of NA students that will be performing:
      Intermediate Orchestra
      7th Grade Violist: Mina Ko
      High School Orchestra
      Freshman Cellists: Colin Tsay, and Ian Zhang
      Freshman Violinists: Pamela Davidson, Juliet Bu and Carmen Dai
      Freshman Bass Player: Julia Li
      Sophomore French Hornist: Leah Shiff
      Junior Violist: Monica Zhang
      Junior Violinist: Kristin Tsay
      Junior Oboist: Ruthie Gu (Wind Ensemble and Orchestra)
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    • Dr. Benedette Berti to Present at Global Speaker Series on March 3, 2020

      The Newark Academy community is looking forward to welcoming Dr. Benedette Berti on March 3 as part of the Global Speaker Series. Dr. Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. Her work focuses on armed groups and internal wars, analyzing the impact of insecurity on civilians and studying how more peaceful and resilient communities can be built. Dr. Berti currently serves as head of policy planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO. 
       
      As part of Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series, Dr. Bereti will address the entire school from 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Kirby Gymnasium before participating in breakout sessions with students. Her complete bio can be found here.
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    • John Bul Dau to Present at Global Speaker Series January 16, 2020

      The Newark Academy community is looking forward to welcoming John Bul Dau on Jan. 16 as part of the Global Speaker Series. John Bul Dau (also known as Dhieu-Deng Leek) is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. He is a father and a human rights activist for the people of South Sudan.
       
      As part of Newark Academy’s Global Speaker Series, John will address the Middle School from 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Middle School Commons before in breakout sessions with students. Upper School students can attend the breakout sessions. John’s complete bio can be found here.
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    Shaping independent education for grades 6-12 in Northern New Jersey