2020 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Kassidy Rieder is a talented student who expresses herself with extraordinary skill through her enthusiastic vocal performances. She is a considerable asset to any vocal ensemble in which she participate and equally competent as an individual performer. She is well liked by both administration and faculty, and is a positive role model who is respected by her peers. She demonstrates tremendous school spirit and always works hard to achieve her goals.
Ms. Rieder’s impressive vocal talent has led to her selection for a number of prestigious honors. She was invited to sing the National Anthem at the 2019 televised 9/11 Memorial ceremony, and to perform as a soloist at the Tony Bennett Exploring the Arts Gala. She was also chosen as a soloist at the dedication ceremony for the Rosalind Joel Conservatory for Music and Theater, where she performed for benefactor, legendary pop icon and honored guest Billy Joel.
During her tenure at LIHSA, Ms. Rieder has donated her time and talent to numerous Nassau BOCES events, including the PTA Dinner at Barry Tech, Employee Recognition Day, the George Farber Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony, the State of the Agency Address, the Barry Tech Certificate Ceremony, and the Education Partner Awards Gala. She was elected Vice President of the LIHSA chapter of the national Tri-M Music Honor Society and has attended the Juilliard pre-college program for the past three years.
Ms. Rieder consistently gives of herself to help her fellow students as a mentor, a role model and an all around positive influence. To that end, she was an active participant in LIHSA’s dance collaborative with the Rosemary Kennedy School (RKS) for students with developmental disabilities. During the collaborative, she regularly arrived at school early to work with her RKS dance partner to prepare for a series of performances. She also devoted her talent and leadership skills to the members of the Children’s Orchestra Society, helping them to prepare for a performance at the Sands Point Preserve Outdoor Music Concert.
Ms. Rieder has been asked to share her formidable talents at a number of events throughout Long Island, including the Nassau Regional PTA Presidents and Principals Dinner, the Walt Whitman House Public History Project, and Holiday Caroling at Old Westbury Gardens. She performed in the original play Out of the Justice of Woman by critically acclaimed, award- winning playwright Michael Tester.
“Kassidy Rieder is one of the most responsible, conscientious, passionate and talented vocal students I have ever known,” wrote her award nominator. “She is a good-natured, likable, mature and personable young lady.”