23 Mar ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE WELCOMES STUDENT ARTISTS TO ESSEX COUNTY HALL OF RECORDS County Partners with Art Educators of New Jersey for 14th Consecutive Year to Highlight the Creative Talents of Essex County’s Students

Newark, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Art Educators of New Jersey welcomed 109 students from throughout Essex County to the Hall of Records for the Art Educators of New Jersey student art exhibit on Friday, March 23rd. This is the 14th consecutive year DiVincenzo has partnered with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present the student artists exhibit at the Hall of Records.

During the month of March, the first-floor lobby of the Hall of Records was transformed into a student art gallery. Employees and visitors to the county building were treated to the colorful and lifelike portraits, paintings and drawings.

“Essex County has some very creative and talented student artists at all age levels from elementary to high school. The original artwork that is included in our exhibit is truly inspiring,” DiVincenzo said. “I am proud to have been a partner with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present this exhibit. This is an opportunity to promote our students’ positive achievements and enables the general public to see the talent in our schools,” he added.

“We open a new world for students with art programs. We all must recognize the critical importance that art has in our society,” NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said. “I commend the students for sharing their artwork with us in this exhibit,” she added.

“We must have art in all of our schools. So many students express themselves through their artwork,” Freeholder Patricia Sebold said. “I want to congratulate all the student artists for their marvelous contributions today,” she added.

“This is a wonderful observance to emphasize the value of art education for children of all ages and encourage support for art programs in our public schools,” said Catherine Kondreck, Chairwoman of the 2018 New Jersey Art Educators of New Jersey Essex County Exhibit. “These students have worked very hard and it is wonderful to have them receive this recognition. Kudos to them and our county leaders for continuing to put Essex County and our children first! We especially want to thank the County Executive for giving us the opportunity to share the talents of our students with the public,” she noted.

This year’s show featured original works of art created by 109 students who ranged in age from elementary school to high school level. The students came from 17 different Essex County schools. The students whose drawings and paintings that were featured in the exhibit are as follows:

  • Abington Avenue Elementary School in Newark: Micaela Azcona, Valeria Bosquez, Alyssa Dalesio, Evangeline Dong, Mariela Echevarria, Marcos Garces, Kevin Guaman, Nijah Malave and Dayanara Serrano
  • Ann Street School in Newark: Jennifer Alves, Christopher Barbosa, Sophia Bueno, Danielle Campos, Sthefany De Carvalho, Bryan Correia, Arismel Jimenez, Anajoel Milheiro, Justin Sigcho and Kimberly Yube
  • Belleville High School: Venisse Abanilla, Tia Andrews, Courtney Augusto, Cassandra Barreto, Tenia Edghill, Patricia A. Galang, Tiffany Louzada, Sara Manning, Jalyssa Nieves, Nathan Orozco, Allyson Palao, Charles Rodriguez, Andrea Romero, Victoria Torres and Kateryne Vega
  • Belleville Elementary School #3: Emily Levoyer, Marione Luna, Amalia Martinez, Julia Sto. Dominigo and Jefferson Sucuzhanay
  • East Orange Community Charter School in East Orange: Devin Denny, Asael Etienne, Fatimah Farl, Malik Oumorou and Elisha Pascal
  • Elliott Street Elementary School in Newark: Yolelin Canales, Darwin Cordova, Kashmier Cruz, Arabella Daniels, Tyler Jones, Chloe Lugo, Kaelen Mayol, Shiloh Murray, Mauricio Rivera, Angelly Soto and Ronnie Tenezaca
  • Glenfield Middle School in Montclair: Giselle Frazier, Gigi Keil, Bridget Murray, Milanya Navani, Samuel Odige, Amilia Pellerano, Georgia Stamas, Shahaad Sutton, Stella Tollis and Emma Zielinski
  • Glen Ridge High School: Mia Advensky, Sofia Costa, Mason Blue, Rita de Leeuw and Christina Valerian
  • Glenwood Elementary School in Short Hills: Oliver Campbell, Lorelei Courtney, Ethan Kim, Teo Levin and Lily Philipov
  • Jefferson Elementary School in Maplewood: Aidan Kleinman, Natali Mitial, James Overton, Hailey Rulnick and Caleb Salmon
  • Liberty Middle School in West Orange: Nia Caesar and Daynea Watson
  • Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston: Judah Gross, Nicole Gruenzweig, Maya Homa, Thorin Spiegelman and Doni Spiever
  • Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange: Amanda Garcia and Kayla Marcelius
  • Roseville Community Charter School in Newark: Courtney Bent, Brayan Estrella-Giron, E’Kaou Harris, Yasmin Ahnaf Soloranzo and Jordan Villa-Zeas
  • Spencer Miller Community School in Newark: Zion Bryant, Lena Cruz, Argenis Estevez, Ameen Everson and Pedro Fret.
  • Trinity Academy in Caldwell: Alivia Ayuso, Lindsay Hoffman, Stephanie Perretti, Amanda Rohde and Justin Smith
  • West Essex Regional Middle School in North Caldwell: Logan Bogumil, Madison Carnahan, Isabella Cerrigone, Daniel Gold and Julia Guerriero

The Student Art Exhibit is part of the County Executive’s initiative to recognize the accomplishments of Essex County students. The Executive also has hosted recognition ceremonies for the top high school basketball, track and field and softball teams. High-achieving students from the Essex County Vocational-Technical School System are also recognized during the Executive’s Teamwork Award Program.