CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – ArtsALIVE, the booster club for the arts in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, honored students and teachers at its end-of-year reception on Tuesday, June 11, at John Jay High School.

The organization presented awards to graduating seniors, who will further their education in the arts, and recognized some underclass achievements.

“It’s important because we have a lot of programs that are difficult to get into, and it gives appreciation to all seniors and underclassmen who worked hard for it,” Colleen Cerami, co-president of ArtsALIVE, told The Katonah-Lewisboro Times.

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Cerami presented the awards along with Principal Steven Siciliano and Assistant Principal Vincent Bell, who also honored two retiring performing arts teachers, Steven Morse and Judi Offenberg.

Elias Waill, a high school senior and a recipient of an ArtsALIVE award, praised the organization for its support of art programs at all grade levels. Waill is going on to study music at the University of Texas.

“It’s amazing that they extended their reach to the elementary schools,” Waill said.

The night ended with an a capella performance by the students.