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New Providence High School Artists Recognized by BOE for Winning Prestigious Awards

13 New Providence High School Artists were recognized for their award winning excellence at a recent Board of Education meeting. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Students were recognized for their excellence in art. Credits: Bobbie Peer

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Students were recognized for their award winning excellence in art and design at a recent New Providence Board of Education Meeting. Over the last few months, thirteen New Providence High School artists won major awards in regional, statewide, and national competitions.

Jimmy Alagna, Maya Bagish, Tyler Bradley, Emily Bian, Canela Garcia, Katherine Ge, Helena Harman, Andrew Jacobs, Yuval Ofek, Apurva Ramanujam, Paola Salazar, Sara Wichtendahl, Licheng Yang, and Julia Zhu were presented with certificates of excellence.

"Students who excel in art and design routinely think outside the box to create new and exciting works.  They will lead our next generation with their innovative skills," said Board Member Ira Krauss.

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Emily Bian, Canela Garcia, Helena Harman, Yuval Ofek, Apurva Ramanujam, Paola Salazar, and Julia Zhu were state finalists in the New Jersey Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition. Five of the works will travel throughout the state in a touring exhibition over the next year. Bian won a first place award.

Andrew Jacobs and Sara Wichtendahl were award winners In a statewide photography contest hosted by the Ocean County Camera Club, and had their works forwarded to the national level of competition.

Tyler Bradley, Licheng Yang, and Julia Zhu had original works accepted into the highly-competitive Fresh Perspectives exhibit at Morris Museum. "It is rare for New Providence to have more than one work selected each year," said Krauss.

Katherine Ge earned the first place award in the Congressional Art Competition, winning over 53 other high school students across New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District. Her work, entitled “Abandoned House,” will hang in the United States Capitol building throughout the next year.

Jimmy Alagna won a national first place award in the 2017 PSA Youth Showcase for his photojournalism work, “Salute to Fans.” The competition is sponsored by the Photographic Society of America. His photo will be published in the September issue of their national journal.

Finally, both Maya Bagish and Licheng Yang were awarded gold keys at the National Scholastic Art Awards. This is a distinction that students in New Providence have earned only four other times in the last twenty-two years. They will be honored at Carnegie Hall on June 8th in a ceremony for the winners from all 50 states.

"New Providence is very proud of all our artists’ achievements and encourages them to continue with their arts education," said Krauss.

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