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Long Island High School For The Arts Students Earn Prestigious Accolades In Scholar Artist Competition

Talented teens attending Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) have been recognized by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) for their exceptional abilities. These gifted young artists are being honored with prestigious awards in the 2021-2022 Scholar-Artist competition and profiled in Newsday.

Five students have been named Scholar-Artists: Megan Bush, Deer Park UFSD, Performing Arts Pathway; Andrew Defrin, Roslyn UFSD, Production and Managerial Arts Pathway; Gioianna DiGiorgio, Half Hollow Hills CSD, Performing Arts Pathway; Nathaniel Eck, Massapequa UFSD, Performing Arts Pathway;and Samantha Edelman, Roslyn UFSD, Media Arts Pathway. Moore Theobald, Harborfields CSD Performing Arts Pathway earned an Award of Merit. These students have been recognized by the LIAA as “the best of the best” on Long Island, artistically and academically.

“We are extremely proud of these students and their impressive achievements,” said LIHSA Principal Dr. Chris Rogutsky. “As Long Island’s only public arts school, it is our mission to empower young artists to unlock their gifts, to successfully realize their talents, and to achieve their full potential in their chosen disciplines. We provide a nurturing environment that exposes students to experiences and opportunities they would not have anywhere else.”

To earn an award in the Scholar-Artists program, students must demonstrate the highest level of artistic excellence, as well as outstanding academic achievement (a grade point average of 90 or above). Candidates are evaluated based on performances, a portfolio of their work and a written essay about how the arts have enriched their lives. Winners are chosen by a committee of arts educators and other professionals, with the final selection being made by a separate steering committee.

About LIHSA 

Long Island High for the Arts offers emerging artists the opportunity to explore and refine their talents in a one-of-a-kind, master apprentice, arts-centered community. Nestled in Syosset, NY, students learn in a safe and supportive environment where they can pursue their artistic passion and discover who they are as individuals and as artists. For more information, visit or email

About Nassau BOCES—Celebrating 55 Years! 

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, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructures. 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

Photo Caption: The Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts Scholar-Artists for 2021-2022 school year.

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