National Art Honor Society Welcomes New Members

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Long Beach High School’s National Art Honor Society inducted 25 new members who have demonstrated dedication to the arts and the community. Additionally, 13 students were recognized as 2016 NAHS nominees, and several special awards and honors were presented. 

NAHS advisor Suzanne Presberg welcomed attendees in the high school library and reviewed the membership qualifications. Nominees must maintain a 95 or above average in two years of studio-in-art classes, be registered to take an art class in their third or fourth year and be recommended by an art teacher. They must also agree to uphold the society’s standards and complete at least 15 hours of art-related community service.

The students were treated to an inspiring guest speech from multidiscipline mixed media artist and designer Peter Bragino, who encouraged his young audience members to follow their hearts. Mr. Bragino also discussed his work as an artist and described the path he took in order to achieve his goals.

The four NAHS student officers – Laura Capozzi, Jackie Gruber, Lauren Mangiafregno and Lindsay Rosenberg – were involved in the induction ceremony as well. Laura provided an overview of the organization’s goals and initiatives, Lauren led the inductees and members in reciting the NAHS pledge, and Jackie stated the society’s charge. Lindsay had the honor of lighting candles representing the society’s colors.

A student is selected annually for an outstanding artist scholarship award based on his or her devotion to art, community service and children. This year, two recipients were named: Laura Capozzi and Jackie Gruber. Ms. Presberg additionally presented Mr. Bragino and Long Beach School District Friends of the Arts President Bari Klirsfeld with honorary NAHS membership distinctions.

Each inductee received a certificate, and additional certificates were bestowed to eight students who completed extra community service hours. Throughout the event, students’ artwork was exhibited and served as a fitting backdrop for the occasion.