WAYNE, NJ - During this week’s Wayne Board of Education (BOE) online virtual meeting, music students from our three middle schools and our two high schools were recognized for outstanding achievements.

Usually, the students and their teachers would’ve attended the meeting in person and put on a mini concert for the BOE and the community watching at home.  Parents and loved ones of these students would have filled the council chambers and shown the community’s appreciation for the student’s skills and dedication. Unfortunately, social distancing mandates did not make this possible.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback said that the plan for recognition during the virtual meeting would be for one or two teachers to speak and read off the names of the students being honored.  However, all of the music teachers wanted to participate because of the appreciation and affection they have for their outstanding students.

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Matt Paterno the Director of Instrumental Music at Wayne Hills High School began with an introduction.

“We’re happy to celebrate the honors earned by our secondary music students,” Paterno said. “In a time where education has changed drastically, it’s great to see that the WHAT our students have learned is the same, even if the HOW is different.”

“The students being honored tonight have distinguished themselves by competing for area, regional and state ensembles with literally thousands of other students,” he continued. “Once selected, they come together with students from hundreds of schools in New Jersey and perform concerts. This experience takes them beyond the skills we have taught them and beyond the world of Wayne. They have brought honor to themselves and our music program, and the community of Wayne.”

All instrumental and chorus teachers with obvious pride and joy took turns introducing their students and the achievements they earned.

Afterword, BOE President Cathy Kazan spoke on behalf of the entire Wayne community: “Congratulations to all of our students. We wish we could hear you; we could all use a little music right now.”

 

2020 MUSIC HONORS RECOGNITION

 

Anthony Wayne Middle School-Instrumental Music

Pratham Kumar 2020 North Jersey Junior Area Band
Radha Pingle 2020 North Jersey Junior Area Band
Daniel Cho 2020 Intermediate Region I Band Symphonic Winds

 

Schuyler-Colfax Middle School-Vocal Music

Emily Caslander North Jersey Intermediate Regional Chorus, Soprano 2, Treble Chorus
Evelyn Clewley North Jersey Intermediate Regional Chorus, Alto 1, Treble Chorus
Faryah Schwarz North Jersey Intermediate Regional Chorus, Soprano 1, Treble Chorus

 

Schuyler-Colfax Middle School-Instrumental Music

Michael Chen North Jersey Junior Area Band
Ryan Cioletti North Jersey Junior Area Band
Brandon Huang

North Jersey Junior Area Band,

New Jersey Region I Junior Concert Band

Jason Lazoff

North Jersey Junior Area Band,

New Jersey Region I Junior Concert Band

Janae Murray North Jersey Junior Area Band
Avery Vallarta North Jersey Junior Area Band

 

George Washington Middle School-Instrumental Music

Christopher Fryer NJSMA Region I Elementary Honor Band
Katie Pricken NJSMA Region I Elementary Honor Band
Louis Vanzini NJSMA Region I Elementary Honor Band
Skyler Wenger NJSMA Region I Elementary Honor Band

 

George Washington Middle School-Vocal Music

Madeline Hohmann New Jersey ACDA Jr. High All State Choir, Soprano I
Adriana Cercone New Jersey ACDA Jr. High All State Choir, Soprano I
Sophia Cremona New Jersey ACDA Jr. High All State Choir, Alto

 

Wayne Valley High School-Vocal Music

Gianluca Russo Region I Mixed Chorus, Tenor II
Allison Girardi Region I Mixed Chorus, Soprano II
Gianna DiTucci All State Mixed Chorus, Soprano II
Grace Rasizer

Region I Women's Ensemble, Alto II,

Intermediate Region I Mixed Chorus, Alto

Julianne Seaman Region I Women's Ensemble, Alto I
Emily Fuentes Intermediate Region I Treble Chorus, Soprano II

 

Wayne Valley High School-Instrumental Music

Joseph Duke

North Jersey Area Band

Winston Lee

North Jersey Area Band

New Jersey Region 1 Band

New Jersey All-State Band

Daniel Leschinsky North Jersey Area Band
Isabelle Mailman

New Jersey Junior Region 1 Band

North Jersey Area Band

New Jersey Region 1 Band

Adam Omar New Jersey Region 1 Band
Chiara Piacentini North Jersey Area Band
Nicole Pike North Jersey Area Band
Joanna Saxon

North Jersey Area Band

New Jersey Region 1 Band

New Jersey All-State Band

Justin Sonnett

North Jersey Area Band

New Jersey Region 1 Band

Abigail Thomas North Jersey Area Band
Crystal Yoon

North Jersey Area Band

New Jersey Region 1 Band

 

Wayne Hills High School-Instrumental Music

Cheyenne Ajebe Caldwell University Honors Band
Chris Ayala Bellido Caldwell University Honors Band
Logan Espardinez Caldwell University Honors Band
Miriam Goz Caldwell University Honors Band
Jared Kaye

North Jersey Area Band

Caldwell University Honors Band

Taylor Keenan North Jersey Area Band
Alex Vallarta Caldwell University Honors Band
Josie VanPuttenVink

North Jersey Area Band

Caldwell University Honors Band

Ricky Wallert

New Jersey All-State Symphonic Band

New Jersey Region 1 Band

North Jersey Area Band​

Caldwell University Honors Band

Wayne District Strings

Malek Frikha William Paterson University Orchestra
Kevin Valencia

New Jersey Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble

William Paterson University Orchestra