BOCES honors students for achievement in the arts and humanities
Goshen. Students' outstanding accomplishments were in the fine arts, theater, music, fashion, and jewelry design.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (background) speaks to guests via live video at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Division’s annual Partnership Breakfast. (Photo provided by Orange-Ulster BOCES)

Thirty-two high school seniors who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities during high school were honored on April 25 for their significant achievement. Students from school districts in the Orange-Ulster BOCES region were feted at the sixth annual Senior Scholar Humanities Breakfast held at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. The Senior Scholar Humanities Breakfast is coordinated each year by the Orange-Ulster BOCES Division of Instructional Support.
The students, their parents, teachers, high school principals, superintendents, and BOCES administration were invited to celebrate the students’ outstanding accomplishments in the fine arts, theater, music, fashion, and jewelry design.
The keynote speaker was Stuart Sachs, a renowned sculptor and professor at Pratt Institute who uses the detritus of modern society and modern-era building materials to create his art. He is president of the Orange County Arts Council, commissioner on the Newburgh Arts and Culture Commission, and Vice President of the Newburgh Housing Authority.
“The magic I found in steel still compels me until this day," he said. "I doodle in steel."
He also discussed the real-world struggles of a career in the arts and the reasons for being an artist.
“We make art because we have to,” Sachs said.
His advice to the honorees was, “Dive in and study intensely in your chosen field.”
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal provides support for this event each year. The Storm King Arts Center also provided each student with a two-day pass.
OU BOCES honored each student with a star award and a certificate of achievement in the arts and humanities.
The awardees
Ti Calpo and Mark Sorace, Chester Academy
Jessica Henry and David Stingle, Cornwall High School
Holly Blumenberg and Samuel Knecht, S.S.Seward Institue
Anna Boese and Jimmy Deleon, Goshen High School
Miriam Rice and Joe McInvale, James I. O’Neill High School
Veronica Alvarez and Zachary Chanowsky, Marlboro High School
Freddy Quinonez and Alexis Veg, Middletown High School
Sean Atwood and Kasey Baker, Minisink Valley High School
John De Petris and Nora Gmelch, Monroe-Woodbury High School
Rebecca Ferguson and Joshua Picard, Newburgh Free Academy
Tiffany Beckford and Cameron Cheatham, Pine Bush High School
Na Chen and Marcus Figorito, Port Jervis High School
Spencer Griffler and Dustin LaBar, George F. Baker High School
Emma Herz and John Newhall, Valley Central High School
Abigail Citarella and Ethan Tuomala, Warwick Valley High School
Richard DiVirgilio and Joanna Ogrodnik, Washingtonville High School