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Karina Kozlowski of Manville, a senior at Immaculata High School, Somerville, accompanied by her art teacher, Deirdre Rosinski, represented Somerset County at the State Awards presentation for Youth Art Month at the State House, Trenton, March 1 to 7. Kozlowski’s work was one of two pieces chosen by the county to join with other art work from all over the state. Youth Art Month was designed to celebrate the benefits of student art; which include increasing self-esteem, enhancing problem solving, promoting cognitive development and multi-cultural understanding. At a reception at the State House March 7, Kozlowski and other student artists met with world-renowned artist, Guadalupe Reyes, whose personal story inspired the students to work hard and follow their passions. “I was so honored to be there and be among students who produced such high caliber work,” Kozlowski said. “It was inspiring and motivating to see their art and witness the journey and work of Guadalupe Reyes.” To view the work of the student artists throughout New Jersey honored at the reception, go to www.artsonia.com/schools/aenj1. The public is invited to see the work of all Immaculata art students at the school’s free Arts Festival May 20, 6 to 9 p.m. -photo courtesy of Immaculata High School  


By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27. In what was their first encounter, the two leaders spoke in private for more than 50 minutes, an extraordinarily long time for such a meeting. Click here to read more...