7 Newark Students Earn National Awards For Art, Writing

Pathways to College is spotlighting these Newark public school students for their creative prowess

NEWARK, NJ — Pathways to College recently named seven Newark public school students among the 10 winners and honorable mentions for the nonprofit after-school program’s annual literary magazine, Scholar Voices.

The 2023 issue features 29 writers and artists representing schools in Arkansas, Indiana, and New Jersey. This year’s genres are art, essay, memoir, photography and poetry.

Submissions are reviewed by jury including published authors and teachers of English and language arts. The awardees will receive a gift card worth $100 for each winner and $50 for the honorable mentions.

The seven Newark honorees in grades 10 to 12 are:


  • Samuel Aristich, “Thoughts on Three Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” (essay), East Side High School
  • Favour O. Enakhimion, “Four Years of My Life” (memoir), West Side High School
  • Angelica Gomes, “Woman” (art); also contributed “How Am I A Leader?” (essay), East Side High School
  • Jalen Lyle, “Leadership” (essay), and “Reflection” (poem), Central High School
  • Aminah Mack, “What the Eye Sees” (photography), Malcolm X Shabazz High School

      Honorable Mentions

      • Isaiah O. Laborde, “The Final Stretch” (poetry); also contributed “General Of The Seas” (art), West Side High School
      • Ijanaeah Tucks, “Too Blind” (art), East Side High School

      An additional 11 Newark Pathways Scholars were included in Scholar Voices 2023:

      • Fathia A. Ajibola, “Untitled” (essay), West Side High School
      • Emily Desouza, “Untitled” (essay), East Side High School
      • Rayssa Fernandes, “Clouds And The Sky” (poetry), East Side High School
      • Aline Gomes, “Completely Different World” (memoir), East Side High School
      • Isabella R. Gonzales, “An Escape From Reality” (photography), East Side High School
      • Francisca Hoegah, “Silent Night Of Hope For The Future” (poetry), East Side High School
      • Brian Januario, “Untitled” (art), East Side High School
      • Michelle Lima, “Untitled” (photography), East Side High School
      • Kemilly Machado, “Turning Red” (art), East Side High School
      • Mariana Rodrigues Silva, “My Happy Place” (poetry), East Side High School
      • Al Juwaun Stokely, “In My Hood It’s Always Dark” (poetry), East Side High School

      “It is our great pleasure to celebrate the creativity, ideas, and dreams of our wonderful Pathways Scholars, as they look ahead to all that is available and possible in their lives,” Pathways to College founder and president Judith Berry Griffin said.

      “Each year, we learn what our scholars are finding compelling, from their submissions to Scholar Voices,” Griffin said. “This year, courageous leadership, an important component of our curriculum, is clearly on their minds.”

      Source: https://patch.com/new-jersey/newarknj/7-newark-students-earn-national-awards-art-writing