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Long Island High School for the Arts students named Scholar Artists

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From left: Musical Theater student Toni Nemazi, Dance student Alessandra Hermes-Bevans and Audio Production student Loughlin Reid-Cleary.

A trio of talented teens attending Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) have been named Scholar Artists by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) for their exceptional abilities. These gifted young artists are among only 40 from across the Island to be honored with prestigious awards in the 2023-2024 Scholar-Artist competition and profiled in Newsday.

LIHSA’s three Scholar Artists are: Musical Theater student Toni Nemazi, from the Cold Spring Harbor CSD; Dance student Alessandra Hermes-Bevans, from the Wantagh UFSD;

and Audio Production student Loughlin Reid-Cleary, from the Lynbrook UFSD, who received the Award of Merit. 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.

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