WESTFIELD, NJ — “Sometimes we need a bigger room, but that’s a good problem to have,” Gretchan Ohlig, president of the Westfield Board of Education, said Tuesday night.

It was standing room only at the Westfield Board of Education meeting where high school and intermediate school performing Arts students and their teachers were honored for regional and state recognition.

“It’s a full evening celebrating the arts,” said Coordinator of School and Community Relations Lorre Korecky.

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Students from the Westfield High School and Edison Intermediate School band, orchestra, chorus and drama programs were celebrated for their accomplishments.

Ohlig highlighted Sophomore Kevin Li, who was selected in the 2017 New Jersey All-State Orchestra after auditioning with over 100 eligible students from the three region orchestras in New Jersey. He also received a certificate honoring his selection into the Region Orchestra.

A total of seven Westfield High School students were selected into the All-State mixed chorus including Abby Rothenberg, who was also recognized for being selected for the 2017 All-Eastern Chorus. 

Abigail Connolly received recognition for her award for “Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Classical Play” from the Montclair State University Theatre Night Awards. 

“You may recall that she was quite brilliant in the role of the nurse,” noted Ohlig. 

Ohlig recognized Dan Devlin, the director of the drama program at Westfield High School, and highlighted  the Montclair State University Theatre Awards along with a Bucks County Student Theater Festival award.

Edison had seven students who were selected to the 2017 Central Jersey Music Educators Association Region Band after competitive auditions.

Additionally, Kevin Chen, Amy Xiao, Dylan McCann and Kelly Eagan were recognized for their selection into the All-State orchestra.

“We are obviously quite lucky and blessed in this district with amazingly talented students,” said Ohlig. 

Read the full list of those recognized, below:

2017 NJ All-State Band – Trevor Sindor & Chris Vitale

Brooke Walden, 9th Grade

Austin Chen, 10th Grade

Dale Beyert, 12th Grade

Michael Hauge, 12th Grade

Matt Schiff, 12th Grade


2017 All-Eastern Band – Trevor Sindorf & Chris Vitale

Dale Beyert, 12th Grade


2017 All-State Orchestra – Craig Stanton

Kevin Li, 10th Grade


2017 Region Orchestra – Craig Stanton

Kevin Li, 10th Grade

Morgan Eng, 10th Grade


2016 All-State Mixed Chorus – John Brzozowski

Joseph Maldonado, 10th Grade

Matt Siroty, 10th Grade

Catherine Moore, 11th Grade

Abby Rothenberg, 11th Grade

Noah Bram, 12th Grade

Alex Cestero, 12th Grade

Max Wasilewski, 12th Grade


2017 All-State Treble Chorus – John Brzozowski

Nicole Player, 10th Grade

Olivia McElheny, 11th Grade


2017 All-Eastern Chorus – John Brzozowski

Abby Rothenberg, 11th Grade


WHS Drama – Daniel Devlin

Montclair Foxy Awards (Romeo and Juliet)

Abigail Connolly - “Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Classical Play”


Bucks County Student Theatre Festival, the students won the following awards

"Best Overall Production" - For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls
"Best Actress" - Emme Nadeau - For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls
"Best Comic Duo" - Catie Barry and Julian Mazzola - For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls
“Best Featured Actress" - Sydney Stewart - Five Women Wearing the Same Dress


2017 CJMEA Region Band – Intermediate – John Scozzaro – Edison
Connor Daly, 7th Grade

Amy Xiao, 7th Grade
Jamie Beyert, 8th Grade

Robbie Strauss, 8th Grade

Aprina Wang, 8th Grade

Andy Zhao, 8th Grade

Kailey Zhao, 8th Grade


2017 All State Orchestra – Intermediate – Amanda Gant - Edison

Kevin Chen, 6th Grade

Amy Xiao, 7th Grade

Dylan McCann, 8th Grade

Kelly Eagan, 8th Grade