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Bronxville High Seniors Show Passion For Music, Poetry At Baccalaureate

A harpist plays during the Bronxville High School senior baccalaureate June 12.
A harpist plays during the Bronxville High School senior baccalaureate June 12. Photo Credit: Bronxville High School
A bass player performs at the Bronxville High School senior baccalaureate June 12.
A bass player performs at the Bronxville High School senior baccalaureate June 12. Photo Credit: Bronxville High School
A singer performs at the Bronxville High School June 12 annual baccalaureate.
A singer performs at the Bronxville High School June 12 annual baccalaureate. Photo Credit: Bronxville High School
Bronxville High School seniors showcased their talent June 12 at the school's annual baccalaureate.
Bronxville High School seniors showcased their talent June 12 at the school's annual baccalaureate. Photo Credit: Bronxville High School

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville High School 2016 seniors showcased their talent June 12 at the school's annual baccalaureate held at the Sommer Center for Worship, Concordia College campus.

Performances included classical, Broadway and pop music, and original songs and poetry readings.

The baccalaureate celebrated the visual and performing arts, an evening that drew parents, teachers and administrators.

Seniors John George Brakatselos and Caroline Schetlick performed “Dear Theodosia” from “Hamilton,” while Natalie Arenzon and Alekzandra Thoms performed “No One Is Alone” from “Into the Woods.”

Noor Banihashem-Ahmad sang “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, said the release.

“This painting summarizes everything I love about education – a community of minds, a passion for learning and a relationship with someone or something higher,” said Alan.

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