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About The Scholar-Artist Awards

Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) has developed the Scholar-Artist Awards program to present outstanding high school-age artists to the public in monthly profiles that will appear in Newsday and on Newsday.com. Scholar–Artists are chosen from five disciplines: Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Dance, and Media Arts. Selections are made from a pool of students nominated by Long Island’s public school districts, and from independent and parochial schools. From these nominees, the Scholar-Artist selection committees choose one monthly award winner from Nassau and one from Suffolk for ten consecutive months throughout the school year. In addition to the twenty students selected to receive Awards of Distinction, twenty additional students are selected to receive an Award of Merit at a year-end LIAA recognition event. The Scholar–Artist program is endorsed by the New York State School Music Association, the New York State Art Teachers Association, the Nassau and Suffolk chapters of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, and the Nassau and Suffolk Art Supervisors Associations.


Congratulations to Our 2022-2023 Class of Scholar-Artists and Merit Award Winners!


Fern Brazeau
Walt Whitman HS

Sofia Cassara
St. Anthony's HS

Brianna Smith
LIHSA/Long Beach HS

Merit Awards:

Angelica DiLeo
Friends Academy

Hannah Serwan
Harborfields HS

Sydney Smith
North Babylon HS


Nikhita Kapoor
Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK HS

Giovanna Salvaggio
BOCES - Bixhorn/Hauppauge HS

Benjamin Schlaich
LIHSA/Northport HS

Isabella Yorke
Garden City HS

Merit Awards:

Tara Villalba


Brandon Baade
Hicksville HS

Carolyn Lau
Herricks HS

Jacob Leshnower
Half Hollow Hills HS E

Rachel Lyons
Baldwin HS

Maverick Williams
Great Neck HS N.

Merit Awards:

Airlea Deutscher
Bayport-Blue Point HS

Michael Ho
Longwood HS

Sabrina Guo
Syosset HS

Zekey Huang
Mt. Sinai HS

Aidan Young
Eastport-South Manor HS


Annabelle Bryant
Cold Spring Harbor HS

Jake Van Eycken
Commack HS

Rainer Pasca
Bay Shore HS

Annalise Taylor
LIHSA/Massapequa HS

Merit Awards:

Phoebe Albro
Syosset HS

Gracie Greenberg
Oceanside HS

Rebecca Kenjesky
Farmingdale HS

Andrew Kern
Great Neck HS S.

Finn Taich
Centereach HS


Natalie Hayes
East Rockaway HS

Elif Koch
Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK HS

Hillary Maldonado
Port Washington, Paul D. Schreiber HS

Ashley Park
Half Hollow Hill HS West

Merit Awards:

Natalie Godinez
Centereach HS

Nikki Hirschkind
Bellport HS

Jessica Kruczko
Seaford HS

Sophia Porras
Longwood HS

Kimberly Shrestha
Valley Stream HS N.

Alisha Zhou
Manhasset HS

The LIAA Scholar-Artist Program is presented 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. Contact [email protected] for more information about scholarship opportunities.

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