LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two Livingston High School seniors recently won regional Gold Key Awards for their portfolios in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Shaima Parveen has been honored for a writing portfolio that includes personal, literary and political messages. Hania Strus won the Gold Key for her art portfolio titled “Treasured Trinkets.”

Since its founding, the Scholastic awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artist Andy Warhol; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon; actors Robert Redford, Lena Dunham, and John Lithgow; fashion designer Zac Posen; and filmmakers Ken Burns, and Richard Linklater.

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Livingston High School was awarded a total of 21 Gold Key awards for the Northeast Region. Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice. See a list of the Gold Key winners by clicking HERE.

In other news, students were also featured in the Holocaust Art Exhibit.

The creative work of Livingston High School students that addressed critical issues of the Holocaust through art has been recognized in a Kean University exhibit called, “Artistic Investigations into Holocaust Liberation.”

The 10 seniors included: Toni Shulman, Jordyn Mandlebaum, Jonathan Kui, Melissa Mullen, Margaret Toby, Jamie Ruderman, Jack Clausman, Nikki Satin, and Falyn Stempler. All of them are students in the Holocaust and Genocide class taught by Jill Tejeda.

The exhibit featured the visual responses of Holocaust Liberation by New Jersey high school students from Kean’s Diversity Council, and Kean fine arts students and teaching alumni. The varied group of novice and accomplished artists depicted the testimonies of liberators in a variety of media.


The Gifted and Talented Theatre/Opera classes also presented an “Italian” opera on Feb. 9. Heritage students have been involved in composing this year’s performance. During the convocation, they shared their pieces with elementary students, the large group performing together a journey back to Ancient Rome.

Kindergarten students in Livingston have been working on a science unit called Kiddie Physics, specifically the force and motion of objects through pushes and pulls. Students are making predictions and hypothesizing, then testing out their hypothesis about how to move particular objects. At Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, students talked about moving invisible rocks of different sizes, then had to move an orange cone, then had to try to move a teacher!.Some theories panned out to be more effective than others as a series of photos (click HERE) courtesy of Jodi Rothfeld show.