Camara Sheppard was honored this month for using the arts to contribute to the community.

The junior at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach was the youngest of seven people recognized by state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) for contributions to the 3rd Senate District in celebration of Black History Month. The ceremony was at Brentwood Public Library on March 1.

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Sheppard, 16, is a keyboardist and founding member of the Sheppard Brothers Band in Mastic Beach, which has performed at events for local organizations including the Urban League of Long Island, YMCA William Floyd Project and Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches. He has been involved in the arts since he started playing piano at age 6.

In addition, he plays trombone in William Floyd's jazz band and has a lead role in the school's upcoming musical, "Bye Bye Birdie." He also has had original artwork displayed at the Cultural Arts Guild of Mastic Beach's annual art show and at Artspace in Patchogue.

"I know I speak for many others here at William Floyd when I say we only anticipate the very best from Camara throughout the remainder of his high school years and afterwards as he journeys on the path of life," principal Barbara Butler said.