Monday, March 27, 2023

Two NFA Students Honored by BOCES for Arts and Humanities

Newburgh Free Academy students John O’Sullivan and Tory Shropshire-Howerton were named the 2021-2022 Orange-Ulster BOCES Humanities Honorees.

O’Sullivan, who was nominated by music teacher Jillian Caci, is a consummate musician, artist, and student who performs in the NFA Madrigals Honor Chorus, the A Cappella Mixed Chorus, and the Robert D Williams Tenor/Bass Chorus. He is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society and the National Honor Society.

During his four years in high school, O’Sullivan has performed in countless music department concerts and school shows. He has chosen to “do more” since the 5th grade, auditioning and being accepted to All County in grades 5-12. He has also prepared NYSSMA solos during all four years of high school and was selected for Zone 9 Area All State in 2021, a highly competitive regional festival.

O’Sullivan frequently uses his talents to help others, lending his voice to events such as the Lap for Life and the NFA graduation. He has held various leadership positions and elected offices in his performing ensembles where he has demonstrated great initiative. Most recently, he has been elected Treasurer of the NFA Music Council, where he leads initiatives and events.

Outside of school, O’Sullivan is just as hard-working. He is an Eagle Scout, having completed the requirements to achieve the highest rank that only 5% of scouts attain.

O’Sullivan is held in high esteem by his peers, who admire and respect his abilities and work ethic, and frequently seek his input and assistance in music, academics, and life. He is gracious in sharing his skills and knowledge, and has found that rare balance in leadership between listening and telling.

Shropshire-Howerton was nominated by art teacher Gina Carbone. She has a keen creative vision that guides her ability as a talented photographer. She is an intelligent, well-spoken individual who is an active participant in class. She is a valued contributor to class discussions and always offers thoughtful insights.

Shropshire-Howerton is a creative and talented photographer with a keen eye. As a result, she was awarded a spot in the prestigious Dia Teens art program at the Dia Beacon Museum last summer.

Academically, Shropshire-Howerton has a strong work ethic and creative problem-solving skills that will serve her well in any career she chooses to pursue. In addition to photography, she participates in a dance program at NFA and sings with A Capella. Outside of school, she is on the Newburgh Crew rowing team.

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District stated Shropshire-Howerton is outgoing, friendly, honest, forthright, willingly to accept any criticism, and continually strives to improve her work. 

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