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Massapequa Senior Duo Shines In The Arts

Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District

A pair of Massapequa High School seniors have been honored in the 2022-2023
Scholar-Artist competition, a collaboration among Long Island school arts administrators, the Long Island Arts Alliance, Newsday and the New York Community Bank Foundation.

Annalise Taylor was selected as a scholar-artist in theater and Tara Villalba was
named a merit award winner in media arts. These awards are highly selective as only 20 scholar-artists and 20 merit award winners were chosen from the pool of applicants from across Long Island.

Scholar-artist applicants are nominated by a high school teacher and represent the
highest level of artistic excellence. Students must also demonstrate superior academic achievement with an unweighted grade point average of 90 or above to be considered, and submit an essay and a portfolio of artwork or performance.

Annalise and Tara will be featured in Newsday in 2023 and will also be honored at
an award ceremony in the spring.


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