Italian Language and Culture Day 2013: "In cerca di... / In Search of...."
Annual collaboration of ITANJ and Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University
The Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey (ITANJ) and the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University joined forces on March 20th for their annual collaboration, Italian Language and Culture Day, showcasing the hard work and creativity of middle school and high school students of Italian in a competition of original skits--performed exclusively in Italian--around this year's pre-determined theme: "In cerca di.../In Search of...." Almost 400 students from sixteen schools across the state participated in this unique all-day event, a signature program of the Coccia Institute (the 'academic arm' of Coccia Foundation) and ITANJ, under the leadership of President Catherine Vignale. Offering their outstanding support were the dedicated members of the Organizing Committee, chaired by Lisa Manfre': Italian teachers Silvana Berardo, Annette D'Amato, Marisa Margarucci, Maria Papaleo and Vita Morales (our energetic emcee for the day); and Coccia Institute Director Dr. Mary Ann Re and Montclair State University Amici Club President Vincenzo Romagnuolo, who engaged the students in an impassioned presentation on why one should study Italian.
Coccia Foundation President Elisa Coccia offered her most enthusiastic congratulations to all the participating students, as well as her sincere thanks to the panel of judges, who had been charged with the unenviable task of selecting six trophy-winning schools from among the 16 consistently creative and impressive contenders:
Dr. Andrea Baldi, Professor and Graduate Director of Italian, Rutgers University (New Brunswick); Silvana Berardo, Madison High School; Dott. Carlo Davoli, Dirigente Scolastico—Education Office Director, Consulate General of Italy in NY; Annette D’Amato, Hawthorne High School; and Phyllis Pizzolato, Supervisor of Instruction, Pascack Valley Regional High School District
Auguri a tutti gli studenti e ai loro insegnanti! Congratulations, students and teachers all!!
Middle Schools & Teachers
Frelinghuysen Middle School: Marcella DiBenedetto, Mauro Raguseo and Toni Anne Corsi
Grover Cleveland Middle School: Lisa Manfre’
Ocean Township Middle School: Sue Fischer and Denise Amato
High Schools & Teachers
Cliffside Park High School: Milena Spiotta and Agatino Accardi
Columbia High School: Domenico Tancredi and Felice Stadlinger
Elizabeth High School: Guido Morsella
Ewing High School: Lou Thomas
Hawthorne High School: Marisa Margarucci
James Caldwell High School: Giovanna Mangiola
Old Bridge High School: Steven LaPeruta
Paramus Catholic High School: Laetitia Zicchinella
Parsippany High School: Angela Minichiello
Parsippany Hills High School: Vita Morales and Jaclyn Bevacqua
Passaic Valley High School: Maria Papaleo, Carmela Monzo and Carla Catanzaro
Ramapo High School: Danielle McCartan
St. Peter’s Preparatory School: Rosalie Romano