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Students’ Sculpture & Photography Net National Awards

Demarest, NJ: Three evocative works of art have earned national recognition for Margeaux Gould of Weehawken, Julia Elisano of Englewood Cliffs, and Vanessa Tamarit of North Bergen. These medalists in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing competition attend the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest.

Gould received a National Gold Medal for her sculpture, “Sunday Morning;” Elisano earned a National Gold Medal for her photograph, “Up, Up, and Away;” and Tamarit received a Silver Medal for her photo, “a new york attitude.”
A member of the Class of 2018, Gould is also a celebrated jewelry designer, who received a 2017 National Silver Medal for her necklace, “Nailed to the Neck.” This year, her entries in the regional competition featured whimsical sculptures. “Sunday Morning” is a representation of a person who is about to take a sip of coffee. The piece was artfully photographed in a diner for maximum effect. This entry received a regional level Gold Key, which allowed Gould to continue on to the national competition, and ultimately earn a Gold Medal. Her entries in the regional competition also included “Sinking,” a depiction of a woman lying on her back and disappearing into a patch of grass. This piece received a regional Silver Key.

Gould was also recognized for her sculptures “Draft Wood” and “Diner-Themed Chess Set,” both of which received Honorable Mentions in the regional event.

“I am very honored to have won this award, and it feels great to be recognized at a national level,” Gould said. “Creating sculptural art is a passion of mine and I am very excited that one of my sculptures earned a National Gold Medal. I will be attending college next year to earn a bachelor's in architecture. In this major, I will be combining my love for 3-D art with my interest in math and science.”

Elisano, who is also a member of the senior class, received her Gold Medal for her photograph of an outdoor gathering. The airy image is mainly black and white, but the balloons are tinted in pastel shades.

“I am exceptionally pleased to have won this award,” Elisano said. “I love photography. I believe taking photos captures memories. These images are the true beauty of reality!”

In the regional event, Tamarit received three Gold Keys for her photographs, which are entitled “tomorrow will be better,” “a new york attitude,” and “endless work.” This member of the Class of 2019 also received an Honorable Mention for her photo, “enlightenment.”

The image that earned Tamarit her National Silver Medal depicts a forlorn man standing round-shouldered on a snowy day in New York City.

Tamarit explained that she usually goes into the city to take pictures of urban scenes and graffiti, but she finds people to be especially interesting subjects.

“I like thinking about what is that person going through,” she explained.

The AHA Art Department includes AHA Fine Arts Chairperson Jennifer Lee, Christine Wraga DeGennaro, and Kathryn Biskup. The department is housed in the Academy’s newly-renovated Kelleher Hall, which, at one time, housed multiple School Sisters of Notre Dame.

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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