2018

  • May

    2018 Commencement Speaker Announced

    Newark Academy is pleased to announce the 2018 Commencement speaker – Dr. Thomas Carew, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He will deliver the keynote address during Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Dean Carew is a neurobiologist who has done extensive original research on memory during a lengthy career that has included teaching posts at Yale University, Columbia University, the University of California at Irvine, and N.Y.U.  He is a distinguished teacher, researcher, and educational leader whose research interests center on the behavioral, cellular, and molecular analyses of learning and memory, and information processing in identified neuronal networks.
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  • Jack Snyder ’19 Wins Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Award

    The promise of every cobbled alley,” a short story by Jack Snyder ’19, earned Teen Ink  Magazine’s  Editor’s Choice Award for Fiction and was selected for the front page of the online issue. The story was also chosen for publication in the print magazine, which has a circulation of about 500,000 readers. Congratulations, Jack!
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  • James Blume ’19 Wins Award for Writing

    James Blume ’19 won the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award for Superior Writing for his personal essay, “The Illustrated Generation,” which responded to this year’s theme, “Changing the narrative” as well as his short story, “Rockface.” This year, schools across the nation nominated 462 of their top juniors to participate in the Achievement Awards in Writing Program. Of those, 227 were selected to receive Certificates of Superior Writing and 235 received Certificates of Nomination. In addition to this recognition, James has earned many other awards for his writing, including a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal for Fiction for his story, “Are Rabbits Feet Really Lucky?” The NCTE entries were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. Congratulations, James!
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  • Samantha Parelli ’21 Earns Governor’s Award for Flash Fiction

    “Hotel Lobbies,” a short story by Samantha Parelli ’21 earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22. Samantha is being recognized for winning the Jersey Shorts Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Writers Theatre of New Jersey, a statewide prose-writing contest for students in grades 9-12. This year’s prompt was to give the complete life of a character in a 1500-word prose story and Samantha’s piece was selected by professional writers based on the following criteria: voice, originality, authenticity, sophistication, craft, intention, and successful execution. 
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  • Senior Rebecca Slater Earned Governor’s Award and More

    Violinist Rebecca Slater ’18 earned a 2018 Governor’s Award in Arts Education to be presented at an award ceremony and performance at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 22. Rebecca is being recognized for her violin performance in the NJ All-State Orchestra. Rebecca also won an audition to Concertmaster in the All Eastern Orchestra. With the highest score among musicians from 11 states, she was First Chair when performing with this elite Orchestra in April 2017 in Atlantic City. Previously she was accepted into the 2017 New Jersey All State High School Orchestra and served as Concertmaster. Rebecca was also one of three Upper School violinists accepted into the New Jersey Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. To qualify for the All-State audition, she had to audition for, be accepted into, and perform with the North Jersey Regional Orchestra. Rebecca performed at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City during the NJEA Convention and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. This prestigious ensemble was comprised of New Jersey’s top high school musicians. Rebecca's award-winning performance was of Partita No. 2 Allemande by Bach.
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  • 2018 Ad Lumen Award Winners

    For the past five years, every spring, the Ad Lumen Award has been given to four 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 often excel in the classroom, what distinguishes them is their commitment to enriching the Newark Academy community. In modest and purposeful ways, these students are often the backbones of clubs, sports, and classes; they pursue their passions with energy and focus, giving the best of themselves and bringing out the best in others. Congratulations to this year’s Ad Lumen Award winners Cosimo Fabrizio ’18, Melody Xiao ’18, Allen Zhu ’18 and Elliott Zornitsky ’18.
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  • April

    Women in STEM Careers

    Close to 30 students – including 23 girls - attended the panel discussion on Women in STEM Careers, hosted by a new student club, Supporting Women in STEM. Club leaders Stephanie Do '19 and Rebecca Dunayev '19 led the panel discussion as Zhihong An, Quantitative Analyst and Global Analytics at Alliance Bernstein, Ida Dunayev, Senior Director of Information Technology, Johnson and Johnson, Helen Eisenach, Scientist at M6P Therapeutics, and Klara Neginsky, Senior Director of IT and Information Security at UnitedHealth Group shared their experiences working in STEM field. They discussed what their typical days look like, gender discrimination in the workplace, advice for girls pursuing STEM careers and more.
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  • Celebrating the Middle School and Upper School Connection

    Newark Academy has no shortage of ways for students to get involved in the NA community and ten seniors recently immersed themselves in Middle School classes through the Classroom Internship Association (CIA). The result of a 2012 June Term project to strengthen ties between Middle School and Upper School students for the Leadership in the 21st Century course, CIA has had a positive impact on the NA community for six years. 
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  • Maker Faire on April 11 Celebrates Student Creativity

    On April 11, the NA community will come together to celebrate student innovation, creativity and resourcefulness at the Maker Faire, organized by the Hawkes Memorial Library. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, students will showcase their STEAM inventions through project displays and hands-on making stations. This event offers a unique opportunity to generate interest and raise awareness of the STEAM movement that is unfolding on campus as well as encourage peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. 
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  • March

    NA students Earned 2018 Scholastic National Gold Medals

    Three Newark Academy students — two writers and one photographer — earned 2018 Scholastic National Gold Medals. Gillian Cohen ’19 won for her photograph, “Miles and the Birds.” Ezra Lebovitz ’18 won for his poetry collection,”’Cracking My Knuckles in Public,’ ‘The Grass Enters’ and ‘Champagne.’” Ava Sharahy ’20 won for her poem, “M.” This is Ava’s second national medal. Last year she earned a Silver Medal in Flash Fiction for her story, “Hero to Three.”  Of nearly 350,000 Scholastic entries this year, less than 1% earned National Medals. Gold Medalists will be honored at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. Congratulations, Gillian, Ezra and Ava!
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  • NA Model Congress Awarded at Penn Model Congress

    Members of NA Model Congress spent part of their spring break at the PENN Model Congress and at this four-day governmental simulation, NA’s 15 delegates garnered 13 impressive awards under the leadership of Ms. McNeilly-Anta '93, Ms. Speck and Christopher Davis '12.
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  • February

    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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  • Success at Panasonic Creative Design Challenge Preliminary Competition

    NA’s Panasonic Team performed very well at the preliminary competition, amassing 80 out of 84 points in our best run. The team will continue on to the final competition in April. The Panasonic Creative Design Challenge is a premier science and technology competition where the engineering and technical skills of New Jersey high school students are put to the test. The end goal? To create a robotic device that can withstand the difficulty of a demanding course.
     
     
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  • 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announced

    Twenty NA students across five grades earned 47 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the following categories: art portfolio, comic art, critical essay, drawing/illustration, flash fiction, painting, personal essay/memoir, photography, poetry and short story.
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  • Science Summer Internship Evening, February 22

    Upper School students can learn more about possible summer internships and mentorships at the Science Internship Evening on February 22 at 7pm in Kaltenbacher Hall. Parents and alumni who are interested in providing science internships or research opportunities may contact Nancy Celente at ncelente@newarka.edu.
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  • January

    An Eye-Opening Club Activity

    Students in the Newark Anatomy Club learned how the parts of the eye function and how vision operates through a hands-on activity. Working in groups, they applied their knowledge in biology, physics, anatomy, and physiology to dissect a cow’s eye and gain a deeper understanding about human vision by drawing similarities between the cow and human eye. They also honed their problem-solving, laboratory, teamwork and communication skills.
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  • NA’s Quiz Bowl Teams Score at Contest

    Newark Academy students, coached by Faculty Advisor Norm Schafler, brought home trophies on January 20, when they competed at their first contest. The questions included the topics of Literature and Language, Arts and Entertainment, History and Geography, Science, Sports, Math, and more. The A team made it to the semi-finals, where they lost by a one-question margin. In addition to placing third out of 52 teams, our A Team won the North Jersey division of the competition.  The team the A team lost to in the semi-finals was Newark Academy's B team, which went on to the finals, where they, unfortunately, lost a close match. 
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  • Dr. Michael Avaltroni to Speak about Pharmaceutical Field, January 25

    On January 25, Dean of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy Dr. Michael Avaltroni will talk to students about healthcare options and developments and research in the pharmaceutical field. Click here for more information on Dr. Avaltroni. 
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  • A STEMtastic Trip Offered in June

    We will be running the 3rd STEM trip to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) this year from June 13-19, 2018. Our focus will be Marine Ecology and Conservation and the course will feature daily lectures from BIOS scientists, exploration of different marine habitats around the island, daily snorkeling trips, and independent research projects. The trip is open to current sophomores and juniors that are comfortable swimmers. Please email Kristin Duszak at kduszak@newarka.edu for more details including course goals, cost and application timeline. Please note that there may be some IB program conflicts.
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  • Andrew Mwenda to present at Global Speaker Series on January 19

    Andrew Mwenda is a print, radio and television journalist, and an active critic of many forms of Western aid to Africa. Too much of the aid from rich nations, he says, goes to the worst African countries to fuel war and government abuse. Such money not only never gets to its intended recipients, Africa's truly needy -- it actively plays a part in making their lives worse.
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  • Talking Science at Rockefeller University

    On January 6, a group of NA students spent the day at The Rockefeller University campus, exploring why and how mosquitos hunt humans and explain the use of revolutionary CRISPR techniques that may prove to be a solution for stopping the transmission of diseases like malaria and Zika. The annual event is designed to engage students through interactive presentations and lectures led by world-class faculty in an area of current research being conducted at the University. 
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