Sophomore Wins DENA Christmas Card Contest

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Meet the Artist: William DiResta

Christian Brothers Academy
Lincroft, NJ
Age 15 | Sophomore

William DiResta, a West Long Branch native, is a Sophomore at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey. Crediting his father, Thomas, Will says he’s been interested in art his whole life. “My dad paints as a hobby, so he really helped me to take interest in all things art whether it be painting or drawing, or other forms.”

Painting, drawing, writing, movies, and spaceflight, creativity is a strong suit for Will. He also participates in the Pegasus Yearbook and French Club at CBA.

When asked about his inspiration for his artwork, Will felt confident about depicting this year’s theme. “I felt that I could properly portray the theme of “The Guardian of the Holy Family” because Joseph is an important figure in Jesus’ life. Mary is often portrayed as the most important in the life of Jesus, but remembering Joseph is the protector and guide of the Holy Family, I displayed him prominently in the artwork.”

About the Contest

Our long-standing art competition is known throughout the District. Now in its 12th year, the annual DENA Christmas Card contest had many entries from several schools. There were many strong entries for our contemporary theme “The Guardian of the Holy Family” but we could only pick one piece of artwork.

A total of 93 entries included students from:

  • Calvert Hall College High School, Towson, MD
  • Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, NY
  • Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ
  • Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, NY
  • Colegio De La Salle, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • De La Salle School, Freeport, NY
  • La Salle Academy, New York, NY
  • La Salle Academy, Philadelphia, PA
  • La Salle Academy and De La Salle Middle School, Providence, RI
  • La Salle Educational Center, Homestead, FL
  • San Miguel School, Washington, DC
  • St. John Paul II Academy, Boca Raton, FL
  • West Catholic Preparatory High School, Philadelphia, PA
About Christian Brothers Academy:
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through generous contributions from family and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.7 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at