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LI student musicians perform in national ensembles

Half Hollow Hills High School East students Adarsh

Half Hollow Hills High School East students Adarsh Rajeev, left, and Danielle Stauber, who sings alto, were among the students selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education's 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles. Credit: Half Hollow Hills School District

Thirty-five Long Island student musicians were among 675 nationwide to perform in one of four prestigious national ensembles last month.

The National Association for Music Education selected the students based on audition videos submitted during the last school year for one of four 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles: mixed choir, symphony orchestra, concert band and jazz ensemble. Performances took place in Grapevine, Texas, on Nov. 10-13.

Hannah Bartfield, a senior at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, landed the first trumpet chair in the concert band. She was one of only 18 trumpet players selected nationwide.

“She did her herself and her community proud,” said Harborfields Music Department coordinator Dan Bilawsky. “The entire music department is incredibly happy for Hannah.”

Other students selected and their high schools were: Michaela Barnett and Daelynn Jorif, Baldwin; Olivia Ingrassia, Bayport-Blue Point; Keana Lee, Bethpage; Kevin Jacobsen and Michael Stevens, East Islip; Arun Sam, East Meadow; Elizabeth Arnold, Eastport-South Manor; Abigail Grote and Giovanni Maraboli, Farmingdale; Zachary Lee, Great Neck North; Noah Harouche, Great Neck South; Adarsh Rajeev and Danielle Stauber, Half Hollow Hills East; Jason Eras, Lawrence; Camryn Buonamassa, Frank Sacino and Luciana Vernola, all of Massapequa; Dorothy Burns, Newfield; Jordan Lerner, Paul D. Schreiber; Sam Howell, Max Kuster and Madison Weiser, all of Plainview-Old Bethpage; Jamie Baio, Sayville; Rohin McIntosh, Shoreham-Wading River; Jillian Coscio, St. Anthony’s; Dylan Eliassof, Vivian Lin, Ben Rhee and Cameron Zandieh, all of Syosset; Michelle Hromin, W. Tresper Clarke; Dan Hirsch, Wantagh; Benjamin Shea, Ward Melville; and Nicole Rinaudo-Concessi, West Babylon.


Fling winners

Deer Park High School took first place in the 14th annual “Pumpkin Fling” held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank.

The competition challenged students to design, build and operate a mechanical catapult capable of flinging a 3- to 5-pound pumpkin into an open field.

Deer Park’s team, called the Dark Falcons, had a winning fling of 638.9 feet, which was about 120 feet longer than Islip High School’s second-place Jack O’ Splatter.


Leadership summit

A group of 80 peer leaders from high schools throughout Suffolk County were educated last month on bullying and suicide prevention during an inaugural Peer Education Leadership Summit held at the Port Jefferson Community Center.

The event was sponsored by the Neighborhood House of Sayville and the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying.

Activities included discussions on how to handle conversations related to bullying and suicide. There also were speakers from the two organizations and the Crisis Center of Long Island, a Bellmore-based nonprofit.

“These awesome young people shared their time, compassion and courage so that they can bring incredibly important messages back to their school communities,” said Kristin Britt, a social worker with the Port Jefferson School District who helped organize the event.


All-State musicians

Long Island schools had 329 student musicians selected to perform in one of eight All-State ensembles at the New York State School Music Association’s 2016 Winter Conference, which took place in Rochester on Dec. 1-4.

That was more than one-third of the 900 students chosen statewide.

The performing ensembles included instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, wind ensemble, string orchestra, women’s chorus, symphony orchestra, symphonic band and chorus. The event included professional development opportunities for music educators, performances by several school ensembles and two keynote speakers from the National Association for Music Education.

To be considered, high school students competed last spring at dozens of audition sites statewide and received perfect or near-perfect scores.

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