Millburn Township Board of Education Celebrates the District Art Accomplishments

Members of The Word literary magazine joined by faculty advisor Dr. Minaz Jooma Credits: Karen E Hughes
Erica Einhorn and two of her award winning works. Credits: Karen E Hughes
One of the award winning works by Erica Einhorn. Credits: Karen E Hughes

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Board of Education recognized the accomplishments in the arts in Millburn Public Schools at their meting on Monday evening. The Word is a student-produced literary magazine from Millburn High School, and the artistic achievements come from throughout the district. "This evening we have an opportunity to celebrate a really important award and designations," lauded Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton.

The Word was awarded the Awards of Excellence with the distinction of Superior from The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for the 11th straight year. The Word, Volume 13 also earned a Silver Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Associated Press. Millburn's literary magazine has received gold or silver medals from this prestigious organization since 2009. 

Staff advisor, Dr. Minaz Jooma was joined by some of the twenty plus group of students that make up The Word, "This magazine has been twelve years or more when you think about the support these kids have had from the community, their parents, their teachers, the administrators and the school board. They have so much support." The Word is described as a juried publication that showcases the extraordinary talents of this school's writers, artists, photographers, craftspeople, and illustrators.

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Co-Editor in Chief Hanna Goldstein explained the exhaustive process the entire staff dedicates themselves to throughout the year to produce the award winning magazine from gathering submissions, editing, art editing, and publishing. The team highlighted their focus on helping the writers learn and grow in their craft. Each year the staff works to tirelessly to produce a quality product with an overarching theme. This year's overarching theme for The Word was "expectations." 

In celebration of March being Youth Art Month, the Board of Education welcomed students and teachers to showcase the impressive body of work from across the district. Assistant Superintendent Kyle Arlington noted, "Achievement comes in many forms, but the students also achieve in remarkable ways in the art studio." 

Eighth grader Ashyln Wang a Scholastic Gold Key winner for writing shared a short passage from her award-winning work about the beauty found at the airport. 

Artist Erica Einhorn who won multiple awards brought a few pieces to display. Einhorn earned Gold Key Awards for Flowering Dogwood - Fashion, Cora - Drawing and Illustration, Plant People - Art Portfolio, The Garden - Drawing and Illustration, Of the Forest - Drawing and Illustration, Nature Inspired Fashion - Art Portfolio. She also earned Silver Keys for Jungle Girl - Drawing and Illustration, Dandelion Fashion Illustration - Fashion and Sun Room - Drawing and Illustration as well as Honorable Mention for Primrose Fashion Illustration - Fashion. Einhorn explained her pieces, "It was reflecting my views on the environment. I used planets and people to show that people need to respect the environment more and that is the message I chose to convey." 

Erica Einhorn received a Silver Medal in the Scholastic National Competition on Tuesday for her work 'The Garden' - Drawing & Illustration.

All the Gold Key winners from Millburn currently have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Montclair Art Museum and Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention winners are also on display at the Millburn Free Public Library.  

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