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Jefferson Elementary Students Featured in Essex County Student Art Exhibit

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Jefferson Elementary School students receiving awards (in front from left) Aidan Kleinman, Natali Mitial, Hailey Rulnick, James Overton and Caleb Salmon. Credits: Glen Frieson
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NEWARK, NJ — Jefferson Elementary School students Aidan Kleinman, Natali Mitial, James Overton, Hailey Rulnick and Caleb Salmon, were recently among 109 students from 17 Essex County schools whose artwork was featured in the annual Art Educators of New Jersey student art exhibit.   

For 14 years, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Art Educators of New Jersey have partnered to host this exhibit, where local students ranging from elementary to high school age have their artwork displayed on the first-floor lobby of the Hall of Records in Newark. Employees and visitors to the county building were treated to the colorful and lifelike portraits, paintings and drawings throughout the month of March.

“I am proud to have been a partner with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present this exhibit, said DiVincenzo. “This is an opportunity to promote our students’ positive achievements and enables the general public to see the talent in our schools.”

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DiVincenzo added that Essex County has some “very creative and talented student artists” and that the original artwork featured in the exhibit was truly inspiring.

“We open a new world for students with art programs. We all must recognize the critical importance that art has in our society,” said Teresa Ruiz, NJ State Senator and Deputy Chief of Staff. “I commend the students for sharing their artwork with us in this exhibit.”

Catherine Kondreck, chairwoman of the 2018 New Jersey Art Educators of New Jersey Essex County Exhibit, said that the annual exhibit emphasizes the value of art education for children of all ages and also encourages support for art programs in Essex County’s public schools.”

“These students have worked very hard and it is wonderful to have them receive this recognition,” she said. “Kudos to them and our county leaders for continuing to put Essex County and our children first. We especially want to thank the county executive for giving us the opportunity to share the talents of our students with the public.”

Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold congratulated all the student artists for their “marvelous contributions” to this exhibit.

“We must have art in all of our schools,” she said. “So many students express themselves through their artwork.”

Other participating students from Essex County were as follows:

Abington Avenue Elementary School in Newark: Micaela Azcona, Valeria Bosquez, Alyssa Dalesio, Evangeline Dong, Mariela Echevarria, Marcos Garces, Kevin Guaman, Nijah Malave and Dayanara Serrano

Ann Street School in Newark: Jennifer Alves, Christopher Barbosa, Sophia Bueno, Danielle Campos, Sthefany De Carvalho, Bryan Correia, Arismel Jimenez, Anajoel Milheiro, Justin Sigcho and Kimberly Yube

Belleville High School: Venisse Abanilla, Tia Andrews, Courtney Augusto, Cassandra Barreto, Tenia Edghill, Patricia A. Galang, Tiffany Louzada, Sara Manning, Jalyssa Nieves, Nathan Orozco, Allyson Palao, Charles Rodriguez, Andrea Romero, Victoria Torres and Kateryne Vega

Belleville Elementary School #3: Emily Levoyer, Marione Luna, Amalia Martinez, Julia Sto. Dominigo and Jefferson Sucuzhanay

East Orange Community Charter School in East Orange: Devin Denny, Asael Etienne, Fatimah Farl, Malik Oumorou and Elisha Pascal

Elliott Street Elementary School in Newark: Yolelin Canales, Darwin Cordova, Kashmier Cruz, Arabella Daniels, Tyler Jones, Chloe Lugo, Kaelen Mayol, Shiloh Murray, Mauricio Rivera, Angelly Soto and Ronnie Tenezaca

Glenfield Middle School in Montclair: Giselle Frazier, Gigi Keil, Bridget Murray, Milanya Navani, Samuel Odige, Amilia Pellerano, Georgia Stamas, Shahaad Sutton, Stella Tollis and Emma Zielinski

Glen Ridge High School: Mia Advensky, Sofia Costa, Mason Blue, Rita de Leeuw and Christina Valerian

Glenwood Elementary School in Short Hills: Oliver Campbell, Lorelei Courtney, Ethan Kim, Teo Levin and Lily Philipov

Liberty Middle School in West Orange: Nia Caesar and Daynea Watson

Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston: Judah Gross, Nicole Gruenzweig, Maya Homa, Thorin Spiegelman and Doni Spiever

Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange: Amanda Garcia and Kayla Marcelius

​​​​​Roseville Community Charter School in Newark: Courtney Bent, Brayan Estrella-Giron, E'Kaou Harris, Yasmin Ahnaf Soloranzo and Jordan Villa-Zeas

Spencer Miller Community School in Newark: Zion Bryant, Lena Cruz, Argenis Estevez, Ameen Everson and Pedro Fret.

Trinity Academy in Caldwell: Alivia Ayuso, Lindsay Hoffman, Stephanie Perretti, Amanda Rohde and Justin Smith

West Essex Regional Middle School in North Caldwell: Logan Bogumil, Madison Carnahan, Isabella Cerrigone, Daniel Gold and Julia Guerriero 

Photo caption:

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (in back in center) congratulates students from Jefferson Elementary School in Maplewood who participated in the Art Educators of New Jersey Student Art Exhibit at the Essex County Hall of Records on Friday, March 23. Students receiving awards were (in front from left) Aidan Kleinman, Natali Mitial, Hailey Rulnick, James Overton and Caleb Salmon. With the County Executive are (in back) NJ State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz, New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Cathy Kondreck, Freeholder Patricia Sebold and art teacher Eve McNally. The artwork was on display for the month of March. This is the 14th consecutive year DiVincenzo has partnered with the Art Educators of New Jersey to present the student artists exhibit at the Hall of Records.

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