By Madison Lloyd
As Centereach High School moves towards the end of a very challenging year, it’s time to say goodbye to another group of students, Class of 2021. To follow the trend of any other ordinary school year, CHS proceeded to host an awards ceremony for its seniors. What was different, however, was the inclusion of its Friends of Music Awards. Usually, these music awards are given out to students during CHS’ annual POPS concert, but without concerts being held due to the circumstance of COVID-19, it wasn’t possible for the music awards to run its customary track. Nevertheless, the night was successful.
In preparation for the function, scholarships were selected by parents and executive board members on the Friends of Music Scholarship Committee. The awards themselves were named after three previous directors of music who had retired: James Truscello, Alfred Longo and Marc Greene. On the night of the event, Friends of Music President, Mrs. Lettice Washington, and Director of Music, Fine Arts and Community Media Relations, Dr. Diana Cook, presented a total of nine students with $500 scholarships. These students came from all of CHS’ music ensembles, band, orchestra, and chorus.
After speaking briefly with Dr. Cook, she said, “I love seeing our music students honored!”
And boy do the students love being honored. After the hard work that they have put into this majorly different school year, these awards are well deserved. The scholarships showcase success, accomplishments, and a great deal of effort and endurance. It is amazing that CHS recognizes these attributes in its students, and it is amazing to see them send off a very promising group.
See the awards presentation below. For music awards skip to 18:47.