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WHRHS Students Attend the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival at RVCC

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Dance Ensemble students at the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival

Dance Ensemble students at the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival

Ms. Carmody

Ms. Carmody

Dance Ensemble students at the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival

Rachel Krouk, Staff Writer

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‘Tis the season of festivals. There’s the ever famous Coachella in California, and the disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas. Locally? The Somerset County Teen Arts Festival is a gathering of many young artists and performers in a day dedicated to the showcasing of their talents.

This year, the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival took place at Raritan Valley Community College on Wednesday, May 17.

Watchung Hills sent many students from its Dance Ensemble, Vocal Ensembles, and theater program to perform at the event. The attendees also had the opportunity to participate in various workshops, including ones dedicated to creative writing and making animals out of clay.

Emma Kotar, a freshman member of the Dance Ensemble, participated in a Salsa dancing workshop. “[There were so many] different skill levels…and everyone was just there to have a good time and learn something new, and no one was judging anyone else,” Emma recounted excitedly.

Throughout the day, the students also performed and were then critiqued by a group of trained judges.

Student Giovanna DiSanto (freshman) performed a dialogue at the Teen Arts festival. “I learned a lot of different types of art,” Giovanna noted, “it’s a good trip because you get to try different things and everyone has a common bond.”

Many of the talented performers at Watchung Hills were given a high enough rating to perform at the statewide festival on May 31, June 1, and June 2 at Ocean County College. Dancers, actors, and singers alike were offered this opportunity.

All three Vocal Ensembles – Girls, Boys, and Combined – got 5/5 ratings during the adjudication, with the Combined Ensemble being selected to perform at the next level.  Actress Victoria Magali (senior) will be performing at the statewide festival with her monologue from the play Nuts. The Dance Ensemble also earned their spot with their dance, Dynasty, choreographed by Kostandena Vayas (senior).

Ms. Carmody
WHRHS Dance Ensemble at the Teen Arts Festival

Noelle Kulisz (freshman) was one of dancers in this piece. “At first when I heard about it, I was confused… and I really didn’t know what was going on… [but then] Ms. Carmody [the dance instructor] announced it and we were all really excited… We were all proud of ourselves for making it into states and we were all really excited!” Noelle exclaimed.

From The Arrowhead, we wish all of the performers the best of luck during the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival!

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