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Long Island High School for the Arts students named Scholar Artists

Three teenage students smiling

A trio of talented teens attending Nassau LIHSA have been named Scholar Artists by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) for their exceptional abilities. These gifted young artists are among only 20 from across Long Island to be honored with these prestigious awards in the 2022-2023 Scholar-Artist competition and profiled in Newsday.

LIHSA’s three Scholar Artists are: Fine Arts student Benjamin Schlaich from the Northport-East Northport UFSD; Dance student Brianna Smith from the Long Beach City SD; and Annalise Taylor from the Massapequa UFSD, who is studying Production and Managerial Arts. These students have been recognized by the LIAA as “the best of the best” on Long Island, artistically and academically.

To earn an award in the Scholar-Artists program, students must demonstrate the highest level of artistic excellence, as well as outstanding 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.