District Honors Student Artists, Musicians and Humanitarians

Shining Stars in Arts and Music photo

It was an evening of accolades and celebration as 289 East Meadow School District students were honored at East Meadow High School, on May 8, for their talents and accomplishments in the areas of music, art and humanitarianism.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento and Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale opened the ceremony by highlighting the exceptional students for their accomplishments over the course of the school year and thanking the teachers, administrators and parents for their continued support of the district’s fine arts program. 

“We are extremely proud of the significant accomplishments of our students who are being honored tonight, and we are grateful to you, their families, their building leaders and their teachers, for the role you have played in their success,” Dr. Card said.

Following his welcoming remarks, four students from each of the district’s nine schools were recognized with humanitarian awards for leading by example, promoting sensitivity and respect for diversity in school, and fostering tolerance through service to the school community. 

Music highlights included the district’s eight-time recognition by the NAMM Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education, as well being the only New York State school to receive the prestigious New York State School Music Association Presidential recognition twice. One student was selected for a National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensemble, eight for NYSSMA All-State Honor Ensembles, six as All-State alternates, 144 for All-County music ensembles and 23 as Long Island String Festival participants.

In the area of art, 66 students were recognized as All-County artists. Twelve participated in the Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibit, while 12 students’ artwork was selected for the 2018-2019 budget book. Additionally, 32 students exhibited their work at the Tilles Center/LIU Post Patrons’ Lounge. 

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

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