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Senior Andrew Ku Honored in Newsday

Andrew Ku is on a roll. The Huntington High School senior is excelling in every area of his life. He's once again earning top grades, interning at the Cold Spring Harbor Lab, playing the cello in the orchestra and reaping awards all along the way.

Named a Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artist, Mr. Ku was honored this week in the pages of Newsday. The art awards program is presented by the New York Community Band Foundation in cooperation with Newsday.

"Andrew Ku, a Huntington High School senior, started learning cello in the fourth grade," states the Newsday profile. "He won third place in the 2008 New York music competition. He was assistant principal cellist for the Long Island String Festival Association and the Suffolk County Music Educators' Association for the 2008/09 season and garnered an honorable mention at the 2010 C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival. He is currently the principal cellist of the Huntington High School symphony orchestra and the chamber orchestra."

"Andrew's remarkable achievements speak for themselves," Superintendent James W. Polansky said. "He is an energetic, creative and determined teenager who sets high standards for himself and works hard to meet them."

Mr. Ku has soared over the past four years, yet he has remained the same humble, down to earth teenager that he's always been. "Along with three of his friends, Andrew formed the Huntington low strings quartet," states the Newsday profile. "They have performed at school and community functions, including the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education Annual Gala. Andrew is a member of the National, Tri-M, Math, Science, English and French Honor Societies and was recently named a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. Andrew plans to major in science and minor in music in college."

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