ELIZABETH, NJ - Two Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy students received an honorable mention from the Young Playwrights Competition, sponsored by The Theater Project.

Diana Benenaula, Class of 2021, and Lucille O'Donnell, Class of 2023, are two of twelve students that will be honored at the 18th Annual Young Playwrights Competition Performance and Awards Ceremony. The virtual ceremony will be held Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

“Diana and Lucille have demonstrated a unique and exceptional ability to apply the skills, knowledge, and creativity developed in both of those areas to succeed as young playwrights,” said Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer.

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Praise for these two young playwrights poured in from across the Elizabeth Public School system.

“These recognitions show that not only do the students at Jefferson Arts Academy put on great stage performances, but also demonstrate outstanding creativity and imagination in writing their own artistic works,” said Board of Education President Diane Barbosa.

To watch Benenaula and O'Donnell and the 10 other young playwrights register in advance on the Theater Project website to receive the Zoom information.