“Night Of Artistic Expression” Held At Elizabeth School

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ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy, the all-female Catholic college prep high school located in North Elizabeth, held a “Night of Artistic Expression 2012” on Friday, April 27. The event was hosted by the Academy’s Literary Arts Club under the guidance of their moderator and English teacher, Adriana Pequeno, and featured a wide and varied array of poetic readings and music.

Students and guests enjoyed each other’s company at the “Rendezvous Coffee House” held in the Academy cafeteria, featuring homemade desserts. The program’s selections ranged from Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise”, to singer Adele’s song, “Turning Tables”; and from original poems by students and faculty to works by Emily Dickinson and Elton John. Academy Principal Kenneth Jennings read a selection of his own poetry, and, Academy President Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB shared her singing and guitar-playing talents.

Benedictine Academy sophomores Leila Fragiacomo (left) on guitar, and twin sister Francesca, (right) on violin, both of Kearny, play while freshman Celine da Silva of Hillside sings “Turning Tables” by Adele. The trio participated in the Academy’s “Night of Artistic Expression 2012”. The April 27 event was sponsored by the Academy’s Literary Arts Club. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Enjoying time together at the “Rendezvous Coffeehouse” during Benedictine Academy’s “Night of Artistic Expression 2012” are Cathy Simoes of Union (left), and her daughter Stephanie, a freshman at the Academy. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Mike Jones, Athletic Director at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, presented some of his original poetry during Benedictine Academy’s “Night of Artistic Expression 2012”, held April 27. Jones is pictured reading “Why My Heroes?” Looking on is Master of Ceremonies, Kai Alexander of Irvington, a junior at the Academy, who also wrote and presented her own poem during the event. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

The many artistic talents of students from Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth were evident during their school’s “Night of Artistic Expression 2012” held on April 27. Before their presentations, some in attendance enjoyed time together at the “Rendezvous Coffeehouse” in the school cafeteria. Others came out to support their fellow students and just enjoy the evening. Pictured clockwise from bottom left are: Rhodalin Sam of East Orange; Ana Alves of Hillside; Tila Vega of Irvington; Halley Daniels of Union; Gracie Randazzo and her older sister, Domanique Randazzo, both of Elizabeth; Joyce Mendoza of Union; and Faith Howell of Roselle Park. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Adriana Pequeno (second from right), English teacher at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth and moderator of the school’s Literary Arts Club, orchestrated a beautiful evening on April 27 to showcase the artistic talents of many students. The “Night of Artistic Expression 2012” was hosted by the Academy’s Literary Arts Club and featured a wide and varied array of poetic readings and music. With Pequeno are students Kai Alexander of Irvington and Jada Yarbough of Elizabeth, and, Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB, President of the Academy. All performed at the event. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)


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