SWR Students Motivated by Music!

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Twenty-three string students from throughout the School District were selected to perform in the Intermediate and Secondary Long Island String Festival concerts recently held at Hauppauge High School and St. John the Baptist High School, respectively. Students were selected along with others from across Suffolk County on a competitive basis with New York State School Music Association scores as the main criteria along with teacher recommendations.

Wading River School students Jacob Adams, Maxwell Boerum, Sophie Gunther, Ray Hidaka, Emily Kall, Megan Pendzik, Branon Smith and Terence Winters were accompanied by music teacher Erin Fasano at the Intermediate rehearsals and concert, as were Albert G. Prodell Middle School student-performers Shiqi Cheng, Sean Dany, Sienna Faragasso, Yiya Hu, Kerrin McGuire, Caroline Panasci, Katelyn Schaefer and Dongkai Zhang, who were accompanied by music teacher Fred Volz.

High School student-musicians, accompanied by music teacher Ashley O’Connor, who performed at the Suffolk Secondary rehearsals and concerts are Natalie Acker, Grace Delseni, Sarah Kruzynski, Mika Misawa, Stephanie Searing, Kayee Thomsen and Christopher Wygonik.

“Congratulations to the students for showing consistent effort and putting in the hard work to be selected as Suffolk County's finest young string musicians,” said music teacher Fred Volz. “It is a real honor to play and the students and parents should be proud that their work has been rewarded.”

The district congratulates these talented students for their hard work, dedication and musical participation.