Benedictine Academy Holds Poetry Jam 2010

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ELIZABETH – Students at Benedictine Academy recently took part in Poetry Jam 2010. took place in April at Benedictine Academy. The event was hosted by the all-female Catholic college prep high school’s Literary Arts Club under the guidance of their moderator and English teacher, Adriana Pequeno.

Students and guests enjoyed each other’s company at the “Rendezvous Coffee House” held in the Academy cafeteria, featuring homemade desserts, and tea lights for ambiance. An accompanying display of student art organized by Academy Art teacher, Zulma Santiago, rounded out the evening.

The program’s selections ranged from “Ecclesiastes” to rap; original poems by students and faculty to works by Yeats, Shakespeare and Maya Angelou; plus songs performed by students (some original works). Academy Principal Kenneth Jennings read several selections, and Academy President Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB (an alumna of the school) shared her singing and guitar-playing talents.

The closing number was a spirited guitar instrumental entitled “Welcome Home” by the brother of a Benedictine Academy student. In all, there were some 40 works enjoyed by family members and friends of the performers, as well as a number of the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth.

Cheila Cardoso of Hillside and Ariana Taveras of Newark, both sophomores, participate in “Poetry Jam 2010” at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth.

Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB, President of Benedictine Academy, shares her singing and guitar-playing talents at “Poetry Jam 2010” at Benedictine Academy.


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