As the school year comes to a close, various departments of Niskayuna School Districts worked to recognize their outstanding students. To honor hardworking middle school music students, two “Most Improved” students were chosen by each ensemble director at the schools.
Honorees were joined by parents and teachers at an awards breakfast earlier this week, where they were recognized for their hard work and socialized over a meal provided by the Niskayuna Friends of Music.
“The Department of Music Education and Friends of Music recognizes outstanding student musicians in the Middle School Performing Ensembles. A successful ensemble requires the dedication, commitment, focus, perseverance and discipline of each and every student musician,” said district music coordinator Matt Cremisio in a letter to the winners.
“Being selected ‘Most Improved’ is a unique individual award highlighting the fact that it’s not where you start, but where you end up and the perseverance to become your very best,” the letter said.
The following students were selected for the award:
- Iroquois Grade 6 Choir Lillian Hinostroza, Anna Taylor
- Iroquois Grade 7/8 Choir Paul Tan, Catie LeCours
- VA Grade 6 Choir Amelia Allen, Connor McDermott
- VA Grade 7/8 Choir George Tsakalakos, Christina Lau
- Concert Band Jackson Bishop, Spencer Scardino
- Symphonic Band James Kemp, Ian Cote
- Stage Band Tess McGrinder, Chris Salamone
- Wind Band Julia Sexton, Quinton Cain
- Jazz Band Tyler Bobbitt, John Conrad
- Allegro Orchestra Nina Chicatelli, Nicholas Contompasis
- Presto Orchestra Malini Correa, Emmett O’Connell
- Scherzo Orchestra Amelia Kokernak, Sean Amberger
- Chamber Strings Dana Braga, Cheshta Prasad