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Long Island High School for the Arts students earn Scholar Artist honors

LIHSA honorees for LIAA

Three exceptionally talented teens attending Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) have been selected by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) for prestigious awards in the 2019-2020 Scholar-Artist competition. These gifted young artists will be profiled in Newsdayand were honored at the LIAA’s annual gala. 


Dance student Isabella Aletrakis of the Bellmore Merrick CHSD was named Scholar-Artist. Media student Max Cohen of the Syosset CSD and Theatre student Katelyn Harold of the Bethpage UFSD both earned Awards of Merit. They are all recognized by the LIAA as “the best of the best” on Long Island, artistically and academically.


“We are all extremely proud of these students and their impressive achievements,” said Dr. Chris Rogutsky Bleecker, Principal of LIHSA. “Arts are essential to education. As Long Island’s only public arts school, it is our mission to provide a nurturing environment that exposes students to experiences and opportunities they would not have anywhere else. We empower young artists to achieve their full potential, both in the classroom and in their chosen disciplines. Awards like this demonstrate how LIHSA helps students to unlock their gifts and successfully realize their talents.”


To earn an award in the Scholar-Artists program, students must demonstrate the highest level of artistic excellence, as well as superior academic achievement (a grade point average of 90 or above). Candidates are evaluated based on performances, a portfolio of their work and a written essay about how the arts have enriched their lives. Winners are chosen by a committee of arts educators and other professionals, with the final selection being made by a separate steering committee.