East Meadow Honors Artistic Accomplishments, Musical Milestones and Exemplary Character of Students

East Meadow Honors Artistic Accomplishments, Musical Milestones and Exemplary Character of Students Photo

Hundreds of elementary and secondary school students were honored for their excellence in music, art and humanitarianism during the district’s annual Music and Art Awards ceremony on May 9.

Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo opened the ceremony by highlighting the exceptional students for their many accomplishments over the course of the year and thanking the talented teachers, administrators and community members for their continued support of the district’s fine arts program.

“Tonight is about recognizing our students who diligently worked to develop their talents in music, art and humanitarianism,” Mr. Campo said. “As long as we work together in partnership for the benefit of our children and our children continue to share their talents, this is going to be a much better world.”

Following his welcoming remarks, students from each of the district’s nine schools were recognized with humanitarian awards for their strong character, tolerance and leadership skills. The honorees had also demonstrated outstanding citizenship by promoting kindness, sensitivity and acceptance of each other.

In addition, more than 300 students were honored for their outstanding achievements in music and art.

As each student accepted their award, families, central administrators, faculty and members of the Board of Education applauded their creativity, diligence and compassion.

Music highlights included:
•    Seven students were selected as All-State musicians and six were named alternates for the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, New York.
•    Thirty-three students were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association festivals.
•    A total of 147 students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
•    Two high school seniors were selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-National Ensembles in Grapevine, Texas.
•    Three high school seniors were selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s Biennial Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
•    One high school senior was invited to perform in the United States Army All-American Marching Band in San Antonio, Texas.
•    Seven elementary school students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s PEAK (Parents, Educators and Kids) Festival.


Art highlights included:
•    Sixty-six students participated in the Art Supervisors Association All-County Art Exhibition.
•    Twelve students were selected to participate in the Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibition and two students participated in the New York State Art Teacher Association Legislative Student Art Exhibition.
•    Eight elementary school students created illustrations for the district’s 2017-18 budget book.
•    Ten high school students participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts state competition in Saratoga, New York.

Two elementary school students were New York State merit winners in this year’s PTA Reflections Program, which had the theme “What’s Your Story.”