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Long Island High School For The Arts Student Honored As Nassau BOCES Education Partner

Kassidy Rieder, a student in the Lindenhurst UFSD who is studying theatre at Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, was lauded as one of the most devoted supporters of public education on Long Island. Ms. Rieder is among 16 honorees to receive the Nassau BOCES Education Partner award, bestowed annually on those individuals and organizations whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in tangible ways.

A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals and organizations have made strides in accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success.

Gifted vocalist Kassidy Rieder was honored during the virtual Education Partner Honoree Tribute, hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation and premiering on You Tube this spring. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget.

Kassidy Rieder is a talented student who expresses herself with extraordinary skill through her enthusiastic vocal performances. She is a considerable asset to any vocal ensemble in which she participates and equally competent as an individual performer. She is well liked by both administration and faculty, and is a positive role model who is respected by her peers. She demonstrates tremendous school spirit and always works hard to achieve her goals.

Ms. Rieder’s impressive vocal talent has led to her selection for a number of prestigious honors. She was invited to sing the National Anthem at the 2019 televised 9/11 Memorial ceremony, and to perform as a soloist at the Tony Bennett Exploring the Arts Gala. She was also chosen as a soloist at the dedication ceremony for the Rosalind Joel Conservatory for Music and Theater, where she performed for benefactor, legendary pop icon and honored guest Billy Joel.

During her tenure at LIHSA, Ms. Rieder has donated her time and talent to numerous Nassau BOCES events, including the PTA Dinner at Barry Tech, Employee Recognition Day, the George Farber Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony, the State of the Agency Address, the Barry Tech Certificate Ceremony, and the Education Partner Awards Gala. She was elected Vice President of the LIHSA chapter of the national Tri-M Music Honor Society and has attended the Juilliard pre-college program for the past three years.

Ms. Rieder consistently gives of herself to help her fellow students as a mentor, a role model and an all around positive influence. To that end, she was an active participant in LIHSA’s dance collaborative with the Rosemary Kennedy School (RKS) for students with developmental disabilities. During the collaborative, she regularly arrived at school early to work with her RKS dance partner to prepare for a series of performances. She also devoted her talent and leadership skills to the members of the Children’s Orchestra Society, helping them to prepare for a performance at the Sands Point Preserve Outdoor Music Concert.

Ms. Rieder has been asked to share her formidable talents at a number of events throughout Long Island, including the Nassau Regional PTA Presidents and Principals Dinner, the Walt Whitman House Public History Project, and Holiday Caroling at Old Westbury Gardens. She performed in the original play Out of the Justice of Womanby critically acclaimed, award- winning playwright Michael Tester.

“Kassidy Rieder is one of the most responsible, conscientious, passionate and talented vocal students I have ever known,” wrote her award nominator. “She is a good-natured, likable, mature and personable young lady.”

For additional information about the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards, including profiles of prior year honorees, please visit

To view the virtual tribute, visit

About Nassau BOCES 

A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, career and technical, and virtual educational environments. We offer adult education programs and a variety of programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. Our professional development advances teaching and learning on Long Island. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructure. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit www.nassauboces.organd like us at

Photo Caption: Lindenhurst student Kassidy Rieder (right), an alumna of the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, is congratulated on her Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award by Nassau BOCES Board PresidentSusan Bergtraum (left).

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