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Art House Announces Cares Fellowship Recipients

Art House Productions announced the ten Hudson County artists who will receive Art House Cares grants: Samantha Benvissuto, Jasmin Casiano, Zhnai Davis, Benedicto Figueroa, Kent Jackman, Shiva Jlayer, Antonio Martez, Bryant Small, Elizabeth Weitzen and Lisa Marie Zapata.

The program will distribute one-time grants of $5,000 to 10 local artists to help them maintain their practice and engage audiences throughout Hudson County between July 1 and December 1. This grant program supports artists and cultural workers in Hudson County who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.[FEMININE

Fellows represent Bayonne, Hoboken and Jersey City. Of grant recipients, 90% identify as African American/Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern, or multiracial; 70% identify as female, genderqueer or non-binary; and 40% identify as living with a disability. Fellows work in the disciplines of dance, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music, theater and playwriting, and visual arts.

This grant program was made possible through support from the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund.

Two from Kearny High School at the Girl’s Career Institute

Girls’ Career Institute (GCI), formerly known as Girls Citizenship Institute, is an annual program held at Douglass College that was founded by club women from the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC). This year, the delegates sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Arlington are Emily Horvaht and Maci Covello.

Horvaht is a member of the National Honor Society and the Latin National Honor Society. She volunteers by tutoring, helping with fundraisers and coaching the Kearny Kickers team. She is interested in the medical field and found the course in respiratory therapy very interesting.

Covello is captain of the basketball team, earned three varsity letters as a rookie, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She participates in food and clothing drives, coaches soccer coaches and focuses on youth athletic development. Teaching is her goal and she hopes to become an elementary school teacher and soccer coach.

The Girls’ Career Institute (GCI) allows high school girls to participate in the annual four-day “mini-college experience” at Douglass College on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. During this year’s event, from June 6 to June 9, delegates experienced a sample of university life by living in a dorm, eating in a cafeteria, attending lectures and workshops. Young women learn about the career choices of women working in a variety of professions, trades and academic disciplines. GCI delegates can also network with other delegates throughout New Jersey.

First-year prep students win Magis Awards

Chris Caulfield, ’03, principal of Saint Peter’s Preparatory School, announced that twenty freshmen from the class of 2025 were selected as Magis Prize winners at the virtual year-end assembly in June.

The Magis, or “most” award recognizes outstanding freshmen for their emerging leadership within their class.

The following residents of Hudson County were recognized: Samer Saleh of Bayonne; Daniel Nemeth Szerdai, Finn Getz and Declan Schultz from Hoboken; Blake Flores-Duncan, Henry Eig, Joseph Fiore, Akshay Kumar, Evan Nguyen, Kyle Oh, Feliz Puig Seppalainen of Jersey City; Aayush Sherchan of Weehawken; and Corey Greenfield and Aneel Ward of West New York.

Hudson high school students invited to summit

All Hudson County high school students are invited to the first-ever Hudson County Teen Summit hosted by Partners in Prevention, taking place Saturday, September 24 at Six Flags. Participating teens will have the chance to see presenters, meet and connect with other county youth and, of course, experience all of the Six Flags rides and attractions. You can sign up for more information on

The FCU Foundation awards five college scholarships

Following their annual college scholarship application period, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union named five applicants who were selected. Each scholarship recipient received $1,000 to use for future college expenses.

Among the five senior graduates who won the awards is Vishwa R. Mandlewala of Jersey City, who attends the College of New Jersey.

Each year, Financial Resources receives applications from candidates who will be entering college in the fall. Potential winners are scored on a number of criteria, including involvement in community service, academic achievement, teacher credentials, extracurricular activities, and overall quality of entry.

Frank Almeida, President and CEO of Financial Resources Federal Credit Union and President of the Foundation, presented the checks to local students.

Students earn academic honors, earn degrees

Kearny nursing student Crystal Lopez has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for the spring 2022 semester.

Jersey City’s Caitlin Gurgone graduated magna cum laude from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Jersey City’s Xiaoyi Zhang from the Class of 2025 has been named to the Pomfret School’s Spring 2022 High Honors List.

Jersey City’s Anthony Ruvo was named to the College of Charleston Spring 2022 Presidents’ List. Ruvo is majoring in political science.

Jersey City’s Dhaneille As Cadangan has been named to Muhlenberg College’s Deans List for the Spring 2022 semester.

The Georgia Institute of Technology presented degrees to more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students during the Institute’s 262nd Launch Exercise May 6-7 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Among the graduates were Bhaskar Joshi, Gary Liu, Daniel Reich, Dipesh Singh and Ying Sun of Jersey City.

Benjamin Silver of Jersey City has been named to the Deans List for the 2022 Spring Semester at Bryant University.

As part of the 61st annual launch of the New York Institute of Technology, its School of Management recognized the winners of the Class of 2022, including Matthaeus Zidane Granger of Jersey City, who received the Undergraduate Student Award for Academic Achievement in Finance; and Urmi Gaurang Parmar of Jersey City, who received the Graduate Student Award in Triple Platforms of Excellence.

Robert Burke of Jersey City graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a minor in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College.

Christopher S. Washington