(Editor’s Note: Amaiana Sajjad is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield High School’s (NPHS) 3rd Annual Creative Writing Show took place on May 19 in the school’s library. The title of the show, “When Artists Collide,” was suggested by junior Adriana Rojas and chosen by students as one of three themes developed in John DeLaurentis’ creative writing course.

“I think about how well the students have done over the years, and this year’s show had an easier flow in terms of transitioning from one performance to another,” said DeLaurentis, who also teaches 10th grade English at NPHS.

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This year’s show consisted of a variety of creative writing pieces, including odes, short narratives, music, and poetry, with each different forms of literature emphasizing the ‘When Artists Collide’ theme.

The creative writing event, said junior Samantha Merendino, ‘shows how people who have a similar passion for writing can come together’ through the different ways in which they write. Merendino, who has been part of the creative writing show for two years, added “…Last year we had a very strong and emotional poetry show, and this year it was a little bit of every emotion.”

Towards the end of the show, the literature pieces were dedicated in honor of Aaliyah Juarbe, an alumni of the class of 2015 who recently passed away. Jasmine Hernandez, a freshman at NPHS and Juarbe’s cousin, along with senior Nermeen Girgis and Merendino, performed their poetry in her memory. 

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