Scholar-Artist Awards

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For more than a decade, LIAA’s Scholar-Artist Awards program has recognized students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island in both academics and in the arts. The LIAA Scholar-Artist Program is presented by the New York Community Bank Foundation and is produced in cooperation with Newsday.

The LIAA Scholar-Artist program salutes its sponsors: New York Community Bank Foundation and Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation. Additional thanks for LIU Post for offering scholarships to qualifying Scholar-Artist Honorees. Contact for more information about scholarship opportunities.

Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artists and Awards of Merit

CLASS OF 2019 - 2020


Isabella Aletrakis, Syosset HS & LIHSA
Emily Gershowitz, Half Hollow Hills HS East
Tyler Phelan, Walt Whitman HS
Katherine Tuohy, Cold Spring Harbor HS

Media Arts
Taylor Montgomery
, Mattituck HS
Isabel Chen, Valley Stream Central HS
Kristen Flynn, Garden City HS
Siyu Lei, Cold Spring Harbor HS

Joshua Cai
, Mt. Sinai HS
Sarah Winkler, Herricks HS
Siyu Yang, Syosset HS
Arpie Bakhshian, Lynbrook HS

Sara Gorelkin
, Syosset HS
Angelina Mercurio, Hauppauge HS
Zoe Siegel, North Shore HS
Skya Theobald, Harborfields HS

Visual Arts
Julianne Lampert
, Lynbrook HS
Tiffany Wu, Syosset HS
Grace DeAngelo, Garden City HS
Elizabeth Korn, Plainview-Old Bethpage/JFK HS


Ashley Wall, Newfield HS

Media Arts:
Max Cohen, Plainview-Old Bethpage HS & LIHSA
Chloe Catton, Syosset HS
Courtney Gerard, Bellport HS
Jessica Montijo, East Islip HS

Julian Rentsch, Huntington HS
Jessica Ringston, H. Frank Carey HS
Larry Davis, Miller Place HS
Timothy Carullo, Longwood HS
Rose Reece, Hauppauge HS

Abby Semelsberger, Huntington HS
Katelyn Harold, Bethpage HS & LIHSA
Sasha Phillips, Oceanside HS
Zachary Ketchum, Smithtown HS

Visual Arts:
Serena Li
, Cold Spring Harbor HS
Ujala Dar, Bethpage HS
Ann Maria John, New Hyde Park Memorial HS
Allison Sheng, The Wheatley School
Gianna Campanaro, East Rockaway HS
Caroline Meehan, East Islip HS


Arts Reach Fund
News Day

Program Background

In 2007, Long Island’s school arts administrators launched a collaboration with Long Island Arts Alliance, Newsday, and New York Community Bank Foundation, one designed to recognize students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island. The Scholar-Artist program mirrors the regions’ Scholar-Athlete programs. High school seniors are nominated by their school districts, and ten each from Nassau and Suffolk receive the program’s highest honor. The current class of Scholar-Artists is the program’s tenth.

Program Details: (Calls For Nominations For The Class Of 2020 Will Open In May Of 2019)


  • Nominations May Only Be Submitted By An Authorized School Official; E.G. Principal, Superintendent Or Art Teacher. Applicants Must Be Graduating Seniors And Must Represent Excellence As Practicing Artists Within Their Chosen Discipline. Applicants Must Demonstrate Superior Academic Achievement With An Un-Weighted Grade Point Average Of 90 Or Above.
  • Every Long Island public, private, or parochial high school may nominate up to five Juniors, one in each of the following disciplines: Music, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Theater, or Dance.
  • Students who meet the program’s academic criteria are invited to submit performance recordings, or portfolios of visual or media arts. Panels of leading artists and arts educators review submissions, and 20 students are then named LIAA Scholar-Artists. Up to 20 additional students may receive Awards of Merit. Program applications can be found on this website’s right hand column.

Student nominees must meet the following minimum criteria

  • Each must be a graduating senior during the following academic year. Applications are to be submitted by a district administrator.
  • Students must represent the highest level of artist excellence and superior academic achievement with an unweighted grade point average of 90 or above.
  • School arts teachers may nominate students who meet these criteria. Students submit a performance recording or portfolio of their work, and an essay. Final selections are made by panels of artists and arts educators.

Scholar-Artist and District Superintendent awards

  • The program’s most prestigious awards. Twenty students are named LIAA Scholar-Artists each academic year.
  • Photos and profiles of Scholar-Artists, one each from Nassau and Suffolk counties, appear in monthly features in Newsday.
  • Individual portfolios of each Scholar-Artist appear on
  • Scholar-Artists receive a framed copy of their Newsday profile. These are presented at LIAA’s annual Gala at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Superintendents are presented with a copy of their student’s framed Newsday profile at the Gala.

Awards of Merit

  • A secondary honor for up to twenty additional students.
  • Students are listed on the Newsday website.
  • Students receive an award at the Gala.

Dr. John J. Gallagher, Chairman, Longwood Schools; Kevin Bayen, Hewlett-Woodmere; Shirlene Blake, Board Member, New York State Dance Education AssociationCarol Brown, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Ret.; Dr. Judith Chen, Scholar-Artist Liaison; Dr. Diana Cook, Middle Country Schools; Louisa Eiermann, Bayport-Blue Point Schools, Ret.; Ava Favara, Long Island High School for the Arts, Ret.; Lisa Fernandez, Westbury Public Schools; Cynthia Gerard, Longwood Central School District; Marc Greene, Ithaca College; James Incorvaia, Usdan Center for the Arts; Beth E. Levinthal, Hofstra University Museum, Ret.; Dale Lewis, Dir., Arts Reach Fund, Long Island Community Foundation; Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne, North Babylon Schools, Donna Manning, Seaford Schools; Susan Radin, South Huntington Schools; Joanne Spencer, Nassau BOCES; Susan Weber, Uniondale Schools, Ret.