CHS dramatists tackle massive undertaking in fall play

Daring swordfights, illicit love and more at Columbia High School

CHS dramatists tackle massive undertaking in fall play

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The members of Columbia High School’s Parnassian Society are traveling back in time to the 16th century when they stage “Shakespeare in Love,” from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1. The drama club is putting on the theater version of the 1998 film that won seven Academy Awards and was nominated for another […]

SOMAS discusses why Warhol was a singular sensation

SOMAS discusses why Warhol was a singular sensation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Award-winning art history educator Janet Mandel will present “Andy Warhol: One Singular Sensation” as part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood. Few American artists are as celebrated and […]

Parnassian Society finds its muse with ‘Shakespeare in Love’

Parnassian Society finds its muse with ‘Shakespeare in Love’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School’s drama club, the Parnassian Society, is participating in the Disney Theatrical Productions pilot program to produce “Shakespeare in Love,” based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, from Thursday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 18, in the CHS Black Box Theatre. The fictional play combines how the […]

‘10 Years Forward’ showcase brings alumni back to CHS

‘10 Years Forward’ showcase brings alumni back to CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — During the first few months of the school year, students in the art and photography classes at Columbia High School haven’t yet garnered enough time to develop and produce quality work to put in the school’s Domareki Gallery. However, this presented a prime opportunity for two alumni, Sarah Langsam and Josh Sender, […]

Polow wins Jefferson Award

Polow wins Jefferson Award

MILLBURN, NJ — Nancy Polow, owner and director of Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills, was awarded the NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award in the executive leadership award category. Polow graduated from Columbia High School in 1964 and lived in South Orange until 1995. The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 as the official program […]

‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ in NJ schools

‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ in NJ schools

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Does your teenager know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? One in three teens experience verbal or physical abuse from a dating partner. This statistic is the reason that “safe dating” education is required by law in New Jersey. West Orange High School, Columbia High School in Maplewood and Technology […]

Cali School gets grant to continue partnering with SOMSD

Cali School gets grant to continue partnering with SOMSD

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music’s Arts Institute Partnership Grant was renewed for a second year. The grant is designed to provide music lesson services to South Orange-Maplewood School District music students. Last year, South Orange-Maplewood School District’s fine arts department and Montclair State University embarked on one […]

SOMA Star Athlete: Grace Petroccia

SOMA Star Athlete: Grace Petroccia

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Grace Petroccia, of Maplewood, is a senior at Columbia High School, where she is a senior captain on the school’s girls’ volleyball team. She began playing volleyball during her freshman year and became a setter. She used to play softball, basketball and soccer as well, but is now focused on just volleyball. […]

SOMA Star Athlete: Ethan Pidgeon

SOMA Star Athlete: Ethan Pidgeon

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Ethan Pidgeon, of South Orange, is a senior at Columbia High School, where he plays center-back on the boys’ soccer team. A varsity team member since his freshman year at Columbia, he has also played for the soccer club Jersey United, a state-ranked team, for three years. This year, he is […]

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