Two LBHS Students Earn Scholar-Artist Honors

Schools and Libraries

October 3, 2012

Long Beach High School seniors Shannon Romig and Russell Goetz have both been recognized by the Scholar-Artist program, sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance in cooperation with Newsday. Shannon was named a Scholar-Artist in dance. Russell has been recognized with an Award of Merit in music.

The Scholar-Artist program recognizes talented students in the fine and performing arts. Shannon was one was one of only 20 Long Island students to be named a Scholar-Artist. Russell was one of 20 to receive an Award of Merit. This is the second year in a row that a Long Beach High School student has received recognition from this program.

Shannon and Russell were invited to a kickoff event at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts on Sept. 20 for a welcome reception, dinner and photo shoot, giving them an opportunity to meet with representatives from the arts programs of local colleges. They will also be honored at an end-of-the-year reception at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

Shannon was nominated for this honor by Long Beach High School dance teacher Christianne Donohue. Russell was nominated by chorus teacher Michael Capobianco. As part of the application process, they were required to submit an audition tape and write an essay about how their involvement in the arts has shaped their lives.

An International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, Shannon participates in IB dance classes at Long Beach High School. She is also a champion Irish step dancer who has received numerous medals at regional and national competitions. A school leader, Shannon is senior class secretary/treasurer and vice president of her school's chapter of the National Honor Society, in addition to being president of the Future Physicians Club and co-editor of her school's award-winning literary magazine, Fragments. She is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. A varsity athlete, Shannon has been named an All-Conference player in soccer and badminton. Active in community service, Shannon uses her dance talents to entertain at area nursing homes, children's hospitals and camps for children with special needs. She has served as student chair for the Long Beach Relay for Life and for the Cablevision Power to Learn Charity Champions program, raising funds to benefit Camp Anchor. She received the 2012 President's Volunteer Service Award and the 2012 Nassau Region PTA Youth Humanitarian Award.

Russell is a two-time All-State musician and an eight-time All-County musician. He was a featured soloist at a performance of the All-State Jazz Ensemble for state legislators in Albany. Russell is a member of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He performs in the select choir, chorus, men's chorus, band, jazz band and wind ensemble, and is the drum major for the marching band. Active in the theater department, Russell has played leading roles in the high school drama and musical productions, and will serve as student director of both productions this year. In 2009, Russell toured Europe, singing with the American Music Abroad program. In 2010, he attended the Crane School of Music summer program for voice and choral studies. A scholar-athlete in badminton and tennis, Russell is the varsity badminton team captain, and was named a 2010 and 2011 All-County Champion.

"We are proud that our students have received Scholar-Artist recognition in both dance and music this year," said Principal Gaurav Passi. "Shannon and Russell are both talented and dedicated students who have brought pride to their school and community through their commitments to the arts."