January 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Artists Earn Regional Honors; Two Move on to National Event

Demarest, NJ: Fifteen Academy of the Holy Angels artists have earned recognition in the regional level of the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

Gold Key winners Catherine Callahan of Tenafly and Julia Fernandez of Teaneck will now continue to the national competition. Both of these Holy Angels juniors were recognized for their drawing and illustration entries that depict bicycles. Callahan calls her piece “Bicycle.” Fernandez named hers “Into the Unknown.” Callahan also received an Honorable Mention for her painting, “Baroque Still Life.”

Gold Keys “unlock” recipients’ opportunity to compete at the national level. Those who earn these top regional awards may also display their artwork at the Montclair Art Museum.

Silver Keys are presented to artists who demonstrate exceptional ability. AHA’s Lauren Chin of Paramus earned two Silver Keys: one for her drawing and illustration entry entitled “Blind in the Water;” and a second for her mixed media entry, “How ‘bout a Dance?” Chin’s painting, “Two Teas Too Many,” garnered an Honorable Mention.

AHA’s Silver Key winners also include mixed media artists Hannah Glaser of River Vale and Justine Ramos of Bergenfield, who created “Sunset Mirror” and “Time Is of the Essence,” respectively; jewelry artist Emma Stoecklein of Bergenfield, who was honored for “Intertwined,” a metal necklace and bracelet set; and photographer Nicole Tasca of Leonia, who was recognized for her image, “busbusbus.”

Multiple Angels received Honorable Mentions for their entries. In addition to those mentioned above, Tenafly resident Madeline Barone was recognized for three of her photographs, including “Sliced Crab,” “Colored Wool,” and “Art on Art.” Honorees also include Bianka Catral of Pomona, New York, who submitted “Landscape with Confused Feeling” in the drawing and illustration category. Jewelry artists Shelby Clark of Bergenfield and Antonia Mysliwiec of Cliffside Park were honored for “Shine Bright Like Pride” and “Blue Morpho Beauties,” respectively. Mixed media artist Jacqueline Herera of Alpine was recognized for “Architecturally United.” Photographers Gian Lee of Englewood Cliffs and Hanna Schultz of the Township of Washington earned honors for “Diet” and “Man vs. Nature,” respectively. Emerson resident Bridget Ryan drew recognition for her design entry, “Divergent Design.”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Competition is the country’s oldest and most prestigious competition for teens. Publisher Maurice R. Robinson established the event in 1923 to encourage young people’s expression and independent thought. Notable honorees from prior years include Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Kay WalkingStick, Truman Capote, Zac Posen, and Ezra Jack Keats.

The AHA Art Department includes Chairperson Jennifer Lee and teachers Kathryn Biskup and Christine DeGennaro.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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