Seniors Isabella Balz and Alyson Morse were among the Orange County seniors honored for their outstanding accomplishments in fine arts, theater, music, fashion or jewelry design during the annual Orange-Ulster BOCES Senior Scholar Humanities Recognition Ceremony, held June 2 at Goshen High School’s Coliseum.
During her high school career, Isabella has studied art all four years and is currently enrolled in AP Art. Throughout high school, she was a member of the school’s art club. Isabella has a passion for many different types of mediums including watercolor, pencil, digital, and pen and ink. Several pieces of her art work have been displayed throughout Orange County, including at the Artists’ Response to Human Rights Exhibit, the Annual Congressional Art Competition, and the Art Builds Confidence display at the Galleria Mall.
This fall, Isabella will attend SUNY New Paltz, majoring in biology.
Alyson is currently the president of chorus and is the Chamber Choir’s Alto 2 section leader. She is the Wind Ensemble’s percussion section leader, and is a member of the Drama Club and National Honor Society. During her four years of high school, Alyson has participated in a number of performances including, Area-All State and All-State Music Festivals, and NYSSMA solos. She was also selected as a member of the Honorary All-County Ensemble.
This fall, Alyson will attend the University at Albany, majoring in psychology.
“Art and music are important components to a student’s education experience,” said Kenneth Hauck, “We’re proud of Isabella and Alyson for being recognized for their creative talents and know they will be successful in the next phase of their academic careers.”
Guest speaker was Aurora Robson, a multi-media artist known predominantly for her meditative work intercepting the plastic waste stream. Her practice is about subjugating negativity and shifting trajectories.
Students were joined by their parents, teachers, high school principals, superintendents, and BOCES administration to celebrate their accomplishments.