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April 15, 2024

Noted Artists Enter NAHS

Outstanding fine artists from the Academy of the Holy Angels entered the National Art Honor Society on April 15. Thirteen juniors and six seniors were recognized for attaining the highest levels of achievement in art and academics, demonstrating good character, and participating in service projects and art education initiatives.


NAHS Adviser Kathryn Biskup welcomed the new inductees, including Michele Carabuena of Ho-Ho-Kus, Taylor Daves of Ramsey, Katelyn Freeburn (’24) of Mahwah, Amanda Garcia and Leah Keller (’24) of New Milford, Jacqueline Garcia of Bergenfield, Alana Jones of Hackensack, Esther Kim and Isabella Pontius of Cresskill, Lily Lehman of River Edge, Anissa Lena (’24) of Moonachie, Alexandra Manning of Demarest, Isabella Perillo of Hasbrouck Heights, Rylie Smith (24) of Saddle River, Giovanna Springer and Annika Watson (’24) of Montvale, Rachel Stanbury of Hillsdale, and Nora Tenaglia of Oradell. Alexa Diaz (’24) of Fair Lawn was inducted in absentia.


Ms. Biskup noted that NAHS members enjoy eligibility for various scholarships, service and leadership opportunities, and a chance to gain Rising Star Secondary Recognition Program honors.


“I will, through my talents in art, help to create a more beautiful world for myself, for humankind, and for all living things,” new NAHS members pledged. “I will always seek to create, not destroy. I will dedicate myself to the helping and education of others through the practice of art. I will, to the best of my ability, uphold the highest level of conduct in my art, service, character, and academics.”


NAHS President Lauren Gumban addressed the new members. She also teamed up with VP Emma Spadora, Secretary Scarlett Mazzola, and Public Relations Officer Sophia Chounoune to present NAHS certificates and pins to this year’s inductees.

NAHS President Lauren Gumban


Those in the audience participated John Johansen-Berg’s prayer, which asks the Heavenly Artist to “bless the painters, sculptors, and composers whose creative gifts are a source of blessing for others.”


Art is a key element in AHA’s award-winning STREAM curriculum, which is a unique blend of the fine and performing arts, religion, science, technology, engineering, and math.