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State Championship

Led by Drum Major Patrick Phillips, the Union High School Marching Band won the USBands Group 3A New Jersey State Championship held at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick on Saturday, October 18. They also won the caption award for Best Overall Effect.

"We're very proud of the hard work, dedication, and team work of our students. They should be very proud of themselves as well,” said band director Laura Muller of the band’s victory over competing bands from across the state. “Many of our band members graduated last year and the newer members were extremely diligent in learning the drill. Our experienced members mentored the younger students and finishing first in the state is a tremendous accomplishment for all of them."

The students began working on their colorful and exciting show entitled “Soaring” during the summer. The 65 member unit attended band camp in Pennsylvania in August and multiple rehearsals each week throughout the season to learn the intricate moves of the show.  Band Director Laura Muller credited the dedicated team of instructors including Assistant Directors Carlos Esquivel and Michael Hamilton, who are integral in creating and implementing the design of the show, Color Guard Designer PJ Tankard, Percussion Caption Head Steve Myers and additional band staff members with helping the students polish their skills. Assistant Director Esquivel thanked the supportive parents of the UHSPAC for their fund raising efforts and thanked the teaching staff members who donated time to complete the props that are needed for a visually successful show.

National Group 3A Champions

UHS Marching Band Yamaha Cup 1st Place Group 4A

Congratulations UHSPAC!
With over 90 students featured in multiple ensembles, the UHSPAC students proved they are multi-talented and well rounded in their arts education.  After weeks of preparation and rehearsal, five ensembles took the stage at Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA on Saturday, May 4th, 2013. The UHSPAC walked away with numerous prizes including the Best Overall Music Department Award, the Spirit of DC Award that was awarded to the group based on their dedication and commitment to the arts, as well as their support of other schools in the competition.  A special soloist award was given to sophomore Simon Crosby-Arreaza for his work in the Jazz Ensemble.  The UHS Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble were also invited to participate in a National Competition, which awards excellence in Instrumental Music Groups.

A complete list of awards follows: UHS Swing Choir – Gold Rating; UHS Indoor Guard – Gold Rating;  UHS Marching Band – Gold Rating/ 1st Place; UHS Jazz Band – Gold Rating/1st Place; UHS Wind Ensemble – Gold Rating/1st Place; UHS Jazz Band/Wind Ensemble – Invitation to National Festival of Gold Competition; Instrumental Sweepstakes Award; UHS Marching Band/Wind Ensemble – Adjudicators Award; Outstanding Overall Instrumental Group; Simon Crosby-Arreaza  - Soloist Award; Spirit of DC Award; Festival Sweepstakes Award (Best Overall Music Program).

The Heritage Festival is a national competition which hosts schools from all over the nation as well as Canada. The Festival started over 35 years ago and hosts competitions all over the country to help enrich the lives of students through music and performance, giving them the opportunity to perform at some of the world’s most renowned venues. 
Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards  June 4, 2013

The Rising Star Awards recognize excellence in high school theatre around the state of New Jersey with 100 schools participating. The UHSPAC has been recognized as one of the top training programs in the state for the last six years, having been nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical consecutively since Director James Mosser came to the program in 2008.  

The winners are:

- Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role:  Sadesia Wray as “Demeter”

- Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

- Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

- Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Staging:  James Mosser and Jennifer Williams

      - Outstanding Lighting Achievement:  Justin Morris


UHSPAC presents "Cats"

AP Art Studio 2012-2013

Teacher Diane Esquivel

Wislet Dazilme is exploring the art of portraiture as his AP concentration theme. He is in the process of creating 12 portraits.  Wislet has his subject pose for him and he takes reference photographs or he works from available photos. He then draws his portraits in graphite and colored pencil; sometimes combining these materials to create mixed media pieces. A portrait (not pictured) won an honorable mention in the Ducret School of The Arts juried exhibit for high school students in February of 2013.

Pencil and colored pencil. Wislet had a cousin pose for him. The subject is only 17 years old but Wislet "aged" him through his drawing technique. The choice of clothing was made in order to increase the sense that his model was an older man.

In this image the subject is using a cell phone as a prop. Wislet was interested in depicting deeper space and in creating visual interest through the use of angles.
Wislet drew this portrait from an iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe and "made it his own" through his interesting and thought-provoking use of grid squares which he shades in a wide range of grey and red values.
I'm Just Thinking

This is a self portrait, in which Wislet used colored pencil and a distorted city scape to create an energetic composition.

Marcus Pascual's concentration subject in AP Art Studio is architecture. Marcus has been traveling around the tri-state area photographing structures that hold interest to him. His subjects are wide ranging; buildings, walls, monuments; urban, suburban, rural. Marcus creates drawings and digital images of his subjects.
This is a colored pencil drawing of a garden which Marcus visited recently. He composed and shot the photograph during his visit and created the rendering in the classroom, from his original reference. 

Natalie Losada is also completing an AP concentration in portrait rendering. She works with graphite and colored pencil and draws friends and family members. She currently has a self portrait on display in the Union County Teen Arts Festival.

Teen Arts Festival 2012-2013

 Anidale Naguit, Wislet Dazilme and Armando Flores
Anidale Naguit, Wislet Dazilme and Armando Flores had their art work chosen for the Union County Teen Arts Traveling Art Exhibit. This traveling art show consists of approximately 70 pieces of art selected from more than 700 visual art works shown at the 2013 Union County Teen Arts Festival held at Union County College. The two-day celebration of the arts was open to all students from public, charter, private and parochial middle and high schools in Union County.  The annual event is administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Community Renewal.

The students will be honored at a reception on May 21 at the Springfield Library which is the first stop on the traveling tour. The art works chosen will travel during the year to corporate locations, banks and libraries throughout Union County. Click here to see the students’ work.


Congratulations to Cosmetology Student Nick Lewis for his 4th place finish at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Nick was competing in the Student Barber competition at the International Beauty Show.
Nick Lewis

Artwork for "Forum"

In a cross-curricular project, Ms. Romanski's Design and Fashion classes researched significant Roman structures and produced architectural clay relief tiles that were displayed in the main lobby. The students also put together a Roman arcade display with the help of Mr. March's Graphic Art students and Mr. Cannavo's Wood Shop students. Under the arcade, beautiful student artwork exhibiting Roman fashion and costumes were on display for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".

                            Left, kneeling: Nhi Vo, Stephanie Carvajal, Charlene Puertollano Standing: Brianna Alves,
                            Sanieka Nathan, Nirali Patel, Tajinea Quinones Right, kneeling: Temitope Sodiende Ruth,
                            Hanna Salamat Standing: Kaylah Howard, Diamond Bolden, Melissa Blanco.