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BHS Seniors Give Outstanding Performances at Baccalaureate

Bronxville High School seniors, members of the Class of 2016, showcased their talents and passion for the arts when they performed during their baccalaureate at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College on June 12.

The students celebrated the end of their four years at Bronxville High School and gave an array of performances that ranged from classical, Broadway and pop tunes to original songs and poem readings. The annual Bronxville tradition, which celebrates the visual and performing arts, brought together an audience of parents, teachers and administrators.

Seniors John George Brakatselos and Caroline Schetlick performed “Dear Theodosia” from the popular musical “Hamilton,” while Natalie Arenzon and Alekzandra Thoms performed “No One Is Alone” from “Into the Woods.” Noor Banihashem-Ahmad sang the popular “Chandelier” by Sia and Jesse Shatkin. Kathleen Conaton and Thoms performed “Laudamus te” from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” Conaton also performed “Home,” an original song she wrote. Other vocal performances included Mapei’s “Don’t Wait” by Banihashem-Ahmad, Celia Haims and Emma Lewis, and Zella Day’s “Jameson” by Meagan Scotti.

Dryden Quigley played Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D major, and cellist Henry Anderson performed Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve” (Op. 7, No. 1). Anderson also performed his arrangement of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” along with fellow seniors Quigley, Fallon Raviol, Hilary Rizzo, William Tague and Timothy Weir. Thomas Neville read from Bobby Sands’ “The Rhythm of Time” poem and Michelle Paulson read her original “Birdsong.”

Art teacher Courtney Alan delivered the baccalaureate address and framed it around Italian Renaissance artist Raphael’s fresco “The School of Athens” to speak about the importance of community, mentorship and passion.

“This painting summarizes everything I love about education – a community of minds, a passion for learning and a relationship with someone or something higher,” Alan told the soon-to-be graduates. “The arts teach us how to see and interpret the world. They teach confidence, perseverance, problem-solving, flexibility and the importance of keen observation.”

Alan encouraged the students to seek out people who challenge and inspire them, to put down their phones and take a break from social media, and pursue their interests and passions.

“Always be present and pay attention to the world around you,” she said. “Stop, listen, observe, live life, for you.”

Following the performances, the students were treated to a reception in the Schonfeld Hall, where Art Studio students displayed their artworks.

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