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The District’s fine and performing arts department is pleased to announce that 11 elementary, seven middle school and 13 high school student-musicians participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County festivals, held at the Tilles Center for the performing Arts on Jan. 17-19. Selection was based on the students’ individual New York State School Music Association evaluation scores and teacher recommendations, as well as evaluations during solo performances at regional music festivals. 

During the Jan. 23 board of education meeting, the students received a certificate to recognize their musical achievements. Superintendent of Schools John McNamara thanked the faculty, students and community for their support of the music program.

Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Kelly Jones told the students they deserved this recognition, “because they worked so hard for this outstanding milestone.” 

The district congratulates the following students on this musical accomplishment:


Elementary School, Division I East: Ricky Boyko, tenor saxophone, Mandalay Elementary; Erin Burns, cello, Mandalay Elementary; Cara Coseglia, chorus, Forest Lake Elementary; Lauren Furer, violin, Wantagh Elementary; Charlotte Heron, chorus, Wantagh Elementary; Charlotte Ieva, flute, Forest Lake Elementary; Ryan Laibach, tuba/sousaphone, Wantagh Elementary; Jackson Lehrer, chorus, Forest Lake Elementary; Kayla Mondelli, chorus, Mandalay Elementary; Catherine Odell, chorus, Wantagh Elementary; Thomas Taggart, cello, Forest Lake Elementary.


Wantagh Middle School, Division II: Sean Boyce, violin; Brendan O’Callaghan, chorus; and Olivia Scherer, flute.


Wantagh Middle School, Division III: Dean Armstrong, viola; Gregory Heym, Jr., trumpet/cornet; Sean Hill-Hotz, chorus; and Melissa Lento, Bb clarinet.


Wantagh High School, Division IV: Alexandra Ciaccio, violin; Julia Froese, chorus; Kelly Hinz, Bb clarinet; Erik Hirsch, chorus; and Jennifer Rosen, flute.


Wantagh High School, Division V Instrumental: Jacob Chan, Bb clarinet; Anna Gerbracht, trombone; Catherine Hanauer, harp; Theodore Hostetter, trumpet/cornet; William Hostetter, French horn; Travis Minutoli, alto saxophone; and Scott Stout, bass trombone.


Wantagh High School, Division V Vocal: Katriana Koppe, chorus.