Validating their creative work
(Page 2 of 2)
All three students gave credit to Hewlett’s educators for the support they received from District Art Chair Jessica Bayer, art teachers Karen Cunningham and Nick Lacetera, District Director of Music Kevin Bayen and teacher Anthony Santanastao and Dawn DeMaio, a theater teacher, who is the director of the Hewlett Theater Company.
The scholar-artists received a dinner for with their parents, nominating teacher and district arts administrator at the Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights on Sept. 20. The students are eligible for scholar-artist scholarships to several Long Island colleges and there will a reception at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of C.W. Post at the end of the school year, where the students will receive their award and a check for $250.
Plans for that $250 are already being made as the college-bound students are thinking about the most typical of teenage wants: a car. With needs such as college textbooks coming in at a close second.
Having three students selected as scholar-artists is a great reflection of the standards set by the district, Bayer said. “I think it’s a validation of the high quality of the arts program and speaks to the fact that Hewlett-Woodmere has great credibility in this area,” said Bayer, who added that Hewlett High has had at least one finalist or semifinalist since the contest’s inception. This scholar-artist class is the program’s fifth. The Arts Alliance was founded in 2007.