DENVILLE, NJ – Noelia Carrasco, a junior at Morris Knolls High School, was among five students honored on Feb. 16 as the Mayo Performing Arts Center's February Music Students of the Month, selected in the Outstanding Orchestra Members category. Nominated by their music teachers, students from Denville, Morristown, East Hanover, Madison and Mendham were chosen for their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts.

In her nomination of Carrasco, Morris Knolls music teacher, Sarah Wlazlowski, stated, "Noelia is a junior cellist at Morris Knolls High School in Denville, [New Jersey].  She is involved in the school orchestra, the after-school chamber ensemble, and often plays for the community events in duos/trios/quartets. Outside of school she takes private lessons, is the principal cellist with [the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra], was accepted into the Region I orchestra as a sophomore, plays in chamber groups, performs with the Montclair State University Orchestra as a substitute and has participated in many music camps/festivals over the summer months."

Carrasco’s fellow honorees included senior Logan Lenahan of Morristown High School, sophomore Sandy Kwon of Hanover Park High School, eighth-grader Lillian Salerno of Madison Junior School and eighth-grader Veronica Szewcyk of Mendham Township Middle School.

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The Mayo Performing Arts Center recognized Carrasco and the other students on stage prior to a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. The honorees also had the opportunity to meet the Ukrainian artists.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center will continue to honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. Honorees will be invited to perform at a year-end recital in June.

The 2019-2020 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.


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