NAHS inducts new members, showcases student artwork


Marissa Ho

Principal James Gleason looks at student work showcased at the NAHS Art Show.

Katherine Lombardi

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) held their annual art show and induction on Friday, March 29, providing student artists an opportunity to showcase work and receive recognition for their artistic talents.

The show featured a variety of submissions, including paintings, sketchbooks, digital art and sculptures, along with student projects from multiple CHS design classes such as Intro to Design and Advanced Design. In addition, the show displayed work from members of Photo Club and Lit Mag held a series of poetry readings prior to the induction ceremony.

The ceremony, led by NAHS advisers and design teachers Shelley Ortner and Laura Fallon, welcomed 27 new members into the club.

NAHS inductee and junior Lauren Tarigo of Sea Girt, who joined the club to pursue her interests in graphic design, said it is already a positive experience.

“I joined NAHS because I really like visual communications and graphic design,” Tarigo said. “Now that I’m in the society, I feel really blessed and I’m astonished by the talent around me.”

Freshman Dani McLaughlin of Tinton Falls had her work featured in the art show for the first time, with her submission of a chalk pastel portrait based off an image from the internet.

“I just did it based off a photo online that I thought was cool,” McLaughlin said. “It was actually really weird because I did most of the work for it last school year, but at a place where I took art classes and I didn’t have the time to go back [to finish] until recently.”

Sophomore Catie Procyk of Colts Neck submitted a wide collection of works to the art show and enjoyed watching her personal development as an artist. Like Tarigo, she also took value in the opportunity to observe her peers’ work.

“I submitted a giant painting, another little painting, a sketchbook, and I have stuff in photo,” Procyk said. “It’s nice to see your work with everything, to be able to compare and see how much you’ve grown.”