SEVEN Dreyfoos Students Named National Merit Finalists and Four Named National Achievement Finalists in 2013
National Merit Finalists
Chandler Cudia - Theatre
Nikolette LaBonte - Band
Michael Margaritoff - Music Vocal
Kira Nicolai - Digital Media
Victoria Otero- Communications
Daniel Shuter - Visual Arts
Christopher Wan - Piano
National Achievement Finalists
Toree Alexandre - Theatre
Breana McCoy- Music Vocal
Grace Mitchell - Dance
DREYFOOS PRINCIPAL WINS - Magnet Schools of America Regional Principal of the Year!!
Dr. Susan Atherley - wins for the Southeastern Region of the US
DREYFOOS ALUM WINS "So You Think You Can Dance" TOP Female Dancer!!!
Eliana Girard - Takes the Title!!
Lisa Marie Thomas, Class of 2004 (Theatre), was direct booked and appeared on CBS “Entertainment Tonight” on Oct. 5th as one of 7/8 principal dancers in the new ‘Footloose’ Music Video by Blake Shelton.
Lisa is a dancer in the remake of ‘Footloose’ which opens October 14, 2011. In addition, she is the “Stand-In” for Julianne Hough. She is credited in the film.
Dreyfoos Graduate Named Florida’s Top-Scoring Male Advanced Placement Student
Max Scheiber was a 2011 graduate of the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts — but he’s still making a name for himself based on high school accomplishments. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program has named him Florida’s top male AP Scholar for his outstanding performance on a number of rigorous college-level exams that can result in college credit. Dreyfoos Magnet Program Coordinator Jane Grandusky said the industrious student didn’t necessarily start out to break a record. “Max is one of those people who simply loves to learn and absorbs knowledge,” she stated. “We try to create a learning environment that allows a student to go as far as their abilities and motivation will take them.”
The current University of Pennsylvania student said that taking the Advanced Placement classes was a way he could study more of the subjects that interested him. “I studied music at Dreyfoos — and my love of art and learning made me want to become a ‘Renaissance man’ of sorts, as corny as that may sound. It was at the beginning of my senior year that I began to realize that perhaps I might be able to pass enough AP tests to qualify to be the top AP scholar in the state of Florida — but that was never the primary goal, just an ancillary benefit.”
Max took 24 Advanced Placement tests scoring an average 4.8333 out of 5. He is currently in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a dual degree between Wharton and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.
Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Dance Instructor Named Top Arts Professional
Jeffrey Satinoff awarded Florida Alliance for Arts Education Arts (FAAE) “Professional of the Year”
Jeffrey Satinoff, a dance instructor at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, has just been awarded one of five 2011 Leadership Awards offered by the FAAE. Mr. Satinoff, a dance professional and a 17-year dance instructor at Dreyfoos, was selected from a field of strong candidates for Arts Professional of the Year by the FAAE award review panel who said they were impressed with his strength and commitment to the arts. He and other awardees will be recognized at the Leadership Luncheon set for June 17 at the FAAE Leadership Summit scheduled for Orlando.