Jamie Rosenbauer capped off an outstanding run through Huntington High School by capturing the prestigious Jean Hoerner Vandersall Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior who has excelled academically and musically.
One of the leading members of Huntington’s Class of 2018, Ms. Rosenbauer left an indelible mark at the high school. She said the key to her success was staying on top of her work and establishing good relationships with all of her teachers.
The $500 scholarship is funded by Scott and Amy Vandersall in memory of Mr. Vandersall’s mother, Jean Hoerner Vandersall, who passed away in 2008. She resided in Huntington for more than five decades.
The Blue Devil marching band’s drum major during the 2017/18 school year, Ms. Rosenbauer was a six year member of the organization. She put down deep roots in Huntington’s music program and earned the respect of both classmates and faculty members.
Huntington Class of 2018 member Jamie Rosenbauer.
Named a Distinguished Senior last spring after compiling an academic grade average of 90 or higher during every semester of high school, Ms. Rosenbauer excelled in her studies, including a wide array of elective courses that she used to explore possible career interests.
Ms. Rosenbauer plans to study forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor, she was inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society.
Ms. Rosenbauer plays bass clarinet and she plays it well. Huntington High School music teacher Jason Giachetti made the formal Vandersall scholarship presentation before a crowd of about 300 at senior academic awards night in the auditorium.
The scholarship criteria includes:
- The student will be a graduating senior from Huntington High School who has excelled in both academics and music.
- The student should plan to continue being involved in music performance in the future, but not necessarily major in music.
- The award is not needs based.
- The student applicants will write an essay which will be reviewed by the music staff. The Vandersall family will read the top essays and select the scholarship winner.
- The topic of the essay will be: “What role has music played in your education in Huntington? What steps can be taken by your generation of musicians to keep music alive in the concert halls and schools in the future?”
Jean Hoerner Vandersall passed away on March 30, 2008. She was an accomplished pianist and a member of the Manhattan School of Music’s faculty. Mrs. Vandersall also maintained a very active teaching studio in Huntington and was an inspiration to her students. Mrs. Vandersall and her husband, Thornton sent three sons through the Huntington School District.
Scott and Amy Vandersall, reside in New England. Mr. Vandersall was a member of Huntington High School’s Class of 1977. He went on to earn a BA in economics at Colby College and an MBA with a concentration in financial services at Boston University. He is employed as vice president-regional manager at the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.