West Hempstead Board Recognizes Student Accomplishments

During their Jan. 17 meeting, the West Hempstead School District Board of Education celebrated some of the musical, artistic, athletic and academic achievements of the district’s students.
Jonathan Trapani, the district’s Director of Music and Fine Arts, began by acknowledging 20 students who participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts this month. These student-musicians received this prestigious honor based on their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation scores and teacher recommendations.  
 Mr. Trapani also commended high school students Muhammad Moughal and Jeffrey Schreck for being chosen to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Secondary Festival in March. According to its website, LISFA educates young string musicians by giving them the opportunity to work with renowned conductors and musicians from all over the country.
The evening proceeded with West Hempstead High School Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins honoring seniors Matthew Arasmo, Ciamara Dowana, Sofia Gutierrez and Lisette Palomo for their recent accomplishments.
Matthew and Lisette received the Outstanding Physical Education Student Award from the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Students earn this distinction for exhibiting a healthy, active lifestyle in and out of school; for being a positive influence among their peers; and for demonstrating responsible personal and social behaviors, including good sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship.
In December, Ciamara was designated a finalist in the National YoungArts Foundation competition for her self portrait in the visual arts category. This impressive accomplishment gave her the chance to train with acclaimed artists and participate in the 36th Annual National YoungArts Week in Miami.  
Sofia was named one of New York State’s U.S. Presidential Scholar Program nominees. This program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors based on three paths of accomplishment – academic, artistic, and career and technical education. If Sofia is selected as one of the 161 finalists, she will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Recognition Program, where she will be awarded a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. She will also meet with government officials, educators and other accomplished professionals.
Speaking on behalf of the district and the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss said, “We congratulate these talented students for their remarkable achievements and thank the administrators and staff who work closely with them for providing them with the absolute best education.”