Montclair Students Making News

Montclair Students Making News
Posted on 12/08/2020
Despite the pandemic, Montclair students are not only making the best out of the situation but are thriving academically, athletically and artistically. Here are just two examples of our shining stars and their accomplishments.

Montclair High School Girls Soccer player Claire Manning was named NJ.com 2020 Player of the Year Player of the Year. Senior and Georgetown commit Manning finished the season with 20 goals and seven assists during the Mounties undefeated championship season.

While there was no Essex County final held this year due to COVID-19, the team culminated a perfect record with a 3-0 win over Livingston to take home its ninth straight sectional title.

Manning scored in all three of the Mounties playoff games, closing out her career with a goal and an assist in the final game that secured the NJSIAA North East G, Group 4 championship.

“Having a great player is one thing; having a great player who is also an outstanding leader is a coach’s dream,” said Montclair coach Ashley Hammond. “She’s a special talent.”

Oliver Koenig, Montclair High School junior, has received a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation award in jazz alto saxophone. Koenig has been recognized at the Honorable Mention level, the organization’s second highest honor, for his caliber of artistic achievement and joins 659 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Koenig was selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative and professional development support throughout their entire careers.

Koenig will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to learn from leading artistssuch as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas. Koenig is now also eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and learn about additional opportunities.

As a YoungArts award winner, Koenig joins a distinguished group of accomplished artists including Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Viola Davis, Allegra Goodman, Josh Groban, Judith Hill, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer.
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