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Briarcliff HS Dancers Inducted Into Honor Society

Briarcliff High School’s Jessica Cho pins Rowan DeGasperis after taking the NHSDA pledge.
Briarcliff High School’s Jessica Cho pins Rowan DeGasperis after taking the NHSDA pledge. Photo Credit: Contributed
The 2015 National Honor Society for Dance Arts inductees celebrated their induction with Superintendent of School James Kaishian and dance teacher Diane Guida.
The 2015 National Honor Society for Dance Arts inductees celebrated their induction with Superintendent of School James Kaishian and dance teacher Diane Guida. Photo Credit: Contributed
Briarcliff HS students Allison Herskovitz, Laura Charney, Rowan DeGasperis, Emma Burns, Jessica Cho, Ava Goodwyn, Samylda Charles, Hayley Kutcher, Lauren Ballini and Kelly Hooper were inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.
Briarcliff HS students Allison Herskovitz, Laura Charney, Rowan DeGasperis, Emma Burns, Jessica Cho, Ava Goodwyn, Samylda Charles, Hayley Kutcher, Lauren Ballini and Kelly Hooper were inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School celebrated 10 exceptional dancers recently at the seventh annual National Honor Society for Dance Arts ( NHSDA) induction ceremony.

Lauren Ballini, Emma Burns, Samylda Charles, Laura Charney, Jessica Cho, Rowan DeGasperis, Ava Goodwyn, Allison Herskovitz, Kelly Hooper and Haley Kutcher officially joined New York State Chapter 007 of the NHSDA.

The evening included a welcome from dance teacher Diane Guida and remarks from Superintendent of Schools James Kaishian, who spoke about the school’s journey to reinvent the dance program as an educational asset to the school and district.

Following Kaishian’s remarks, Briarcliff Friends of the Arts Co-president Heidi Roth offered praise to the program and dancers as the evening’s guest speaker. Finally, attendees enjoyed an audio-visual presentation leading up to the inductees’ pledge and receipt of pins and certificates that marked their induction.

"I am very proud of the inductees and their quest to go beyond mere entertainment and to see and utilize dance as an art form for expression and service,” said Guida. “The support from the district, Mr. Kaishian, [Briarcliff High School Principal] Mrs. [Debora] French and the Briarcliff Friends of the Arts is quite unique in this region, and I am grateful."

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