2018

  • February

    Chameleon Does it Again!

    Congratulations to Chameleon for being one of 15 finalists for the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival! This is the fourth time Newark Academy has made it to the finals. Known as the "Super Bowl" of Jazz Band Competitions, the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival will be held May 10-12, 2018.

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  • Photography Class Creates Recipes

    As an introduction to narrative photography, our Upper School digital photography students were given the task of photographing a recipe of their choice. This experiential lesson challenged the students to illustrate their recipe from the ingredients to final product. Click here to see their amazing work.
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  • SPECIAL GUEST JOINED BIG FISH REHEARSAL

    Norbert Leo Butz, the original lead actor of the Broadway Musical Big Fish, attended the musical rehearsal on February 12 to meet our cast, observe some of their rehearsal, and talk about his experience in the show. Norbert is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He also played leading roles in Rent, The Last Five Years, and Big Fish to name a few. He also is a major character in the TV series Bloodline.
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  • Chameleon and Jazz Combo Make it to Mingus Festival

    Newark Academy Combo and Jazz Band “Chameleon” have been selected as a Finalist in the 10th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. The judges were very impressed with the level of performance of our students and delighted by the integrity and heart they demonstrated. The Finals of the competition will be held in celebration of Mingus’s 96th birthday on April 22 in Newark. Click here to read more. 
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  • Special Guest Joining Big Fish Rehearsal

    Norbert Leo Butz, the original lead actor of the Broadway Musical Big Fish, will attend the musical rehearsal on February 12 to meet our cast, observe some of their rehearsal, and talk about his experience in the show. Norbert is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He also played leading roles in Rent, The Last Five Years, and Big Fish to name a few. He also is a major character in the TV series Bloodline.
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  • Five days, 16 Causes, 17 Clubs, One Revolution

    NA empowers students to use their imaginations, explore possibilities, discover new passions and become contributing members of society. Every day, they find new ways to raise awareness about issues they care about and from February 5-9, the NA community will celebrate these revolutionary ways to inspire others to speak up and speak out during Revolution Week. Students will address an array of causes including modern-day slave labor, sexual assault, the role of art in social change, climate change, anti-Semitism and inaccuracies in the media, politics and LGBT issues, protecting national parks, and more. Events will include fundraisers, discussion groups, and movie screenings and will allow students to demonstrate the power they have as change makers. Click here for the full schedule. 
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  • Save the date for The Winter Musical Big Fish

    The NA Arts Department is excited to present the Winter Musical, Big Fish, based on the classic Tim Burton movie of the same name. This larger-than-life musical tells the tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life - according to the stories he has told his son, Will. When Edward’s health begins to decline, Will visits his father and embarks on his own journey to find out who he really is, revealing the man behind the myth and discovering the truth from the tall tales. The show dates are March 1, 2, 3, at 7:30pm in the Rose Auditorium. Tickets are available at the NA Store for $12 each. General Admission.
     
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  • January

    LumeNAtion advances to ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Semifinals

    Congratulations to LumeNAtion for their first place win at the ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals on January 27! The group competed against seven high schools’ a cappella groups and advanced to the Semifinals, which will take place on March 24 at Northern Highland High School, to compete for the title of Mid-Atlantic Champions with the hope to advance to the Finals. Additionally, Sammi Powell ’19 won the Outstanding Soloist Award and LumeNAtion will be featured on Aca-ville Radio in the next few weeks. More details to come on this radio feature.
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  • Instrumentalist’s Triumph

    Freshman oboist Ruthie Gu was accepted into the New Jersey All-State Band. She competed against sophomores, juniors and seniors and NA is so proud of her for this accomplishment. 
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  • Cheer on LumeNAtion in the International Championship of High School Acappella (ICHSA

    On January 27, LumeNAtion is competing in the Mid-Atlantic ICHSA Quarterfinal to compete for a chance to advance to the semi-finals. The event takes place at the Grunin Center for the Arts at 7:00pm. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for Students. Click here to purchase tickets and to learn more about the event. 
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  • THE 15TH ANNUAL NA COMMUNITY ART EXHIBIT IS "INSIDE OUT"

    The David Teiger '47 Gallery for Studio Arts features the artwork of professionals and students in exhibits that change each month, but in the month of January we come together as a community and create works of art based on a common theme. Students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents submitted work, made in various mediums, which are on display in the Teiger Gallery until February 9. An art reception is on January 17 at 3pm. 
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  • Freshmen Placed in North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra

    Oboist Ruthie Gu ’21 placed second in the region at the North Jersey Region Band and Orchestra auditions and will play in the orchestra. Violinist Kristin Tsay ’21 will lead the second violin section the same group. 
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  • All that Jazz!

    Trombonist Reid Christmann ’18 has made the GRAMMY Big Band for the second consecutive year and will be part of an 18-piece big band comprised of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians in the country. Allen Zhu ’18 and Teddy McGraw ’20 made it to the finals of the audition process, out of hundreds of student musicians across the country.  
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