LBHS Scholar-Artists Represent Dance, Music and Photography

Three Long Beach High School seniors have been named Scholar-Artists by the Long Island Arts Alliance. Tiffany Canner, Alexandra Kapilian and Charlotte Kasper were among only 20 students from across Long Island to have earned this most prestigious level of distinction from the LIAA’s Scholar-Artist Awards program.

The awards program recognizes students judged to be the “best of the best” on Long Island in both academics and the arts. Tiffany, Alexandra and Charlotte were selected based on submissions of their work in the form of portfolios for visual and media arts and recordings for music and dance. They were also required to meet specific academic criteria, including a GPA of 90 or higher.

Tiffany earned her Scholar-Artist achievement for dance. She received full scholarships to both the JSSI Summer Dance Intensive and Adelphi Pre-College Credit Fall Intensive programs and hopes to pursue dance in college. She is currently furthering her creative talents and interests in the high school’s Media Arts: Digital Studio Design class.

Alexandra, an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, was awarded in the music category. She is a bassoonist and vocalist and was recently selected to perform with three NYSSMA All-State ensembles. She also performed with an All-State ensemble last year and in five NMEA All-County concerts in the past. Alexandra is the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s vice president for community service and serves as a drum major for the marching band. Over the summer, she attended the prestigious School of Orchestral Studies of the New York State Summer School of the Arts.

Charlotte’s recognition was presented in the area of media arts. She is an accomplished photography student who has earned a number of awards for her work. Last year, she received several Scholastic Art and Writing awards (an Honorable Mention in photography as well as Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards in writing) and a second-place distinction in the Huntington Camera Club’s annual High School Competition. Additionally, her photography was accepted for publication in the Photographic Society of America’s national magazine. Charlotte is pursuing her talents this year in the International Baccalaureate Art and Independent Study 3 classes, and hopes to study arts administration in college.  
The three students were recently recognized at a reception and will be formally acknowledged at the LIAA Gala later this school year.