Half Hollow Hills Seniors Honored As Scholar Artists
Students Judged To Be The Best Of The Best In Academics And The Arts
September 14, 2017 , the Long Island Arts Alliance announced its 2017-18 Long Island Scholar Artist award winners and award of merit recipients at a kickoff event at Half Hollow Hills High School East, and Half Hollow Hills is proud to count four of its students among their ranks. Each year the Long Island Scholar Artist program recognizes students who excel academically and in the areas of either music, visual arts, dance, theater, or media arts.
The winners from Half Hollow Hills are:
- – Casey Goldstein, Scholar Artist in Media Arts, High School East
- – Marley Jacobson, Scholar Artist in Music, High School East
- – Aiden Mallon, Award of Merit in Theater, High School East
- – Ho Jung Park, Scholar Artist in Visual Arts, High School West
To receive this designation students must be nominated by their school for representing the highest level of artistic excellence, submit a portfolio of their work for consideration by the selection committee, and demonstrate superior academic achievement with an un-weighted grade point average of 90 or above.
“We are so proud of these extremely talented artists, and they are all very deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Darlene Lilla, the district’s director of fine arts. “Each of these students has been a shining example of the opportunities we give our students in arts education at Half Hollow Hills.”
Goldstein is a photo student and president of the Hills East National Arts Honor Society. Jacobson is an all-state singer and cellist, has held leading roles in the theatre program, and is a student at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Program. Mallon has held leading roles in every theatre production at High School East during his time there, and is also an active member of the Speech and Debate team. Park has been in both the Ceramic and Sculpture as well as the Drawing and Painting programs, and her sculpture was a winner in the Long Island’s Best at the Heckscher Museum this past spring.
The awards, given by the LIAA in conjunction with Newsday and the New York Community Bank Foundation, are presented to 20 Long Island high school seniors who are featured in Newsday over the course of the 10-month school year. All recipients are invited to attend an annual gala at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LIU-Post, and can receive a scholarship to LIU-Post if they choose to go there.