University of Delaware bound Meagan Malone is this year’s recipient of the $1,000 Linda Shoemaker Blue Devil Band Scholarship as the senior “who best exemplifies the benefits of membership in the band based on his personal growth during high school.”
Ms. Malone was recognized during the senior academic awards ceremony held in the Huntington High School auditorium last month. Huntington Band Parents Association co-President Miriam Engle presented the teenager with the scholarship.
Huntington seniors walked away with 23 different music medals, certificates, plaques, pins and financial scholarships after distinguishing themselves over the past four years. Veteran music teacher Jason Giachetti presented the awards.
Christiana DeLuca (SUNY College at Brockport) is the recipient of the Huntington High School Award for Overall Contributions to Music. The teenager received a financial stipend of $300 along with a music dictionary.
Katie Riley, who will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall, captured the Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award plaque in recognition of being an exceptional band student and musician. Mr. Gilmore was a Civil War era bandleader and leading figure in 19th century American music, performing at high profile events such as presidential inaugurations, the U.S. centennial celebration, the dedication of the Statue of Liberty and many others.
Haley Mortell, who is headed to the University of Georgia garnered the Evelyn Daniels Memorial Scholarship, which is presented to an outstanding member of the orchestra who has excelled as a performer and exhibited dedicated service to the orchestra. The award carries a stipend of $100.
Andy Ulloa (SUNY College at Purchase) received the Tri-M Music Leadership Award, which includes a certificate and $100 stipend.
Katie Riley (Quinnipiac University is the recipient of the National School Marching Band Award, which includes a plaque. Nicholas Haupt (Stony Brook University) and Noah Morris (Ohio State University) were each presented with American Legion Music Award medals for having “contributed the most in the field of music.”
Blue Devil Band Service Award recipients included Mathew Hearl (Northeastern University), Meagan Malone (University of Delaware) and Grace McKenna (Penn State University). The award included a certificate and a $100 stipend.
Christopher Engle (SUNY College at Oneonta) won the Atlantic Wind Symphony Outstanding Student Band Award, which included a certificate and an opportunity to perform with the symphony.
Andy Ulloa (SUNY College at Purchase) captured the Huntington High School Choral Service Award, which carried a $100 stipend as well as the Director’s Award for Chorus, which included a plaque.
Arielle Harvey (CUNY Queens College) garnered the National School Orchestra Award, which included a $300 stipend along with a pin, plaque and trophy. Hannah Bailin (Rochester Institute of Technology) won the Senior Orchestra Award, which includes a $100 stipend. Rory Bocelli (Adelphi University) captured the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.
Christiana DeLuca (SUNY College at Brockport) took home the John Philip Sousa Award, which was created in 1955 and honors the top student in the high school band. The award has become the pinnacle of achievement for band students. It was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster.
Teddy Holly (SUNY College at Oneonta) was presented with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for being an outstanding instrumentalist as demonstrated through superior musicianship, character and individual creativity. He was given a pin, plaque and trophy.
Nathaniel Gamboa (Worchester Polytechnic Institute) and Arashdeep Singh (Binghamton University) were each presented with the New York State Field Band Conference Award, which carries a $200 stipend.
The Suffolk County Music Educators Association presented Hannah Bailin with a $100 scholarship after she was selected as an “outstanding senior” by music department members.
SUNY College at Oneonta bound Christopher Engle earned the New York State Council of Administrators for Music Education scholarship, which includes a $100 stipend.
Graham Young (Villanova University) won the Woody Herman Jazz Award. Arielle Harvey (CUNY Queens College) garnered the $1,000 Tom Karolyi Memorial Scholarship, which is presented in honor of a former district orchestra teacher whose life story is exceptionally compelling.
Katie Riley (Quinnipiac University) captured the Jean Hoerner Vandersall Scholarship, which includes a $500 stipend. The award is presented to a senior who has excelled academically and musically.