Eastport Community Notes, June 13

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I figure if I made it through last week, I can make it through anything. Senior prom. Scholarship night. Final Music Boosters meeting. Dayton Avenue concert. Pops concert (with the emotional Senior Song). Teeny Awards. A Sweet 16 party. A six-day workweek. The last day of school.There was something going on virtually every minute of every day. I think it’s smooth sailing from now until graduation, which is on Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m., in the Eastport South Manor High School gym.

The Robert Shaw National Choral Award is the most prestigious award given to a high school chorus student. This nationally recognized award is given to a graduating high school senior in recognition of singular merit, ability and achievement of outstanding contributions to the success of a school’s vocal program. The recipient must possess an unusual degree of loyalty and cooperation, and have a high quality of conduct.

The recipient of this award and scholarship this year is Casey Pitcher of Eastport. Congratulations to Casey, who is also my son!

The ESM Music Boosters awarded five scholarships to graduating seniors. Congratulations go out this week to the following students: Jennifer Navarrete, who received the Show Choir Scholarship; Michael Byrnes, who received the Jazz Band Scholarship; Shelby Rosen, who received the Chorus Scholarship; Chris Leech, who received the Band Scholarship; and Chris Leech, who received a scholarship for Overall Music Excellence.

Senior Scholarship Evening was held at the high school on Wednesday, June 5. Approximately 65 students received scholarships and recognition for various achievements during their high school careers.

Congratulations to all scholarship winners and many thanks to all of the organizations in the school and community who sponsor these awards.

The 11th annual Teeny Awards ceremony sponsored by the East End Arts Council took place on Sunday, June 9, at the Southold Junior-Senior High School. The red carpet was laid out for the nominees from several East End high schools who performed in musicals, comedies and dramas this past year.

The Teeny Awards are given out on the same day as the Tony Awards and the “Teeny” recipients this year were as poised and professional on Sunday afternoon as the actors they would watch later that evening on TV. Maybe even more so.

ESM won several Teeny Awards, including Best Choreography, Best Playbill/Poster Art and Best Lead Actor in a Drama. Congratulations to Brian Rocha, Amanda Tomasello, Megan McGuiness and Jennifer Navarrete. Congratulations to all of the other ESM students who were nominated for a Teeny. They include: Alex Stanco, Anthony DeFeo, Perry Ladouceur and Kyra McAlary and Casey Pitcher. Bravo!!

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