Four students from Allen W. Roberts School were selected for the New Jersey Elementary Honor Choir, and two students from New Providence Middle School were selected for the New Jersey Junior High Honor Choir, all-state choirs for students in elementary and middle school choral music programs. Singers from throughout the state submitted audition CDs to a panel of expert judges for adjudication. Only students earning the top scores were accepted into this prestigious group. Seventh graders Kevin Dackow and Ivan Wolansky, sixth graders Sasha Kandybin and Sarah Peterson, and fifth graders Julia Haas and Gabi Tullo successfully passed a rigorous audition and will perform with the choir during a festival in early May. New Providence vocal music teachers Kenneth Hess and Catherine Flynn prepared the students for their audition.

At the New Providence Board of Education meeting on Thursday, March 31, these students were presented with certificates of excellence. Board of Education president Robert Lucid presented the certificates, acknowledged that “students who excel in music exhibit a high level of talent, motivation, and work ethic,” expressed the school district’s pride in their achievements, and encouraged them to continue with their music education. For more about the New Providence School District music and performing arts programs, visit


PHOTO: from left to right – Gabi Tullo, Kevin Dackow, Sarah Peterson, Julia Haas, BoE president Robert Lucid, Sasha Kandybin. Missing – Ivan Wolansky.