East Islip Middle School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society held an induction ceremony on Jan. 25, welcoming their latest members. Students apply for membership in this national music honor society based on their proficiency and achievement on the NYSSMA assessment, as well as character and scholastic achievement. Meeting biweekly, Tri-M functions as a service organization for both the local community and school.
The new Tri-M inductees at East Islip Middle School were Amanda Baranek, Brittney Berke, Anthony Cialdella, Juliana Cialdella, James Daley, Catherine DiRosa, John Donovand, Victoria Dushaj, Emma Elliott, Vincent Harty, Beth Hillman, Heather Hoffman, Paige Hommel, Richard Hughes, Nicole Humpf, Kevin Jacobsen, LeeAnne Jacobsen, Samantha Levey, Evan Mauner, Elisa Mingo, William Reed, Zachary Schurman, Katrina Shea, Kylie Sorrentino and Emily Timmins. An honorary membership was also presented to Alise Becker-Santa, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel, for her commitment to music education in East Islip’s schools.
“This is a group of young people who have a common interest, but who also serve the school and community,” explained Tri-M adviser Judith Fischer. “The Tri-M Society is active in many fundraising ventures – sponsoring food drives, giving over $5000 in scholarships in the past three years, and partnering with East Islip’s For the Kids Foundation in constructing the newest courtyard.”
The middle school’s Tri-M Society also sponsored the third annual East Islip Idol last October, spurring musical participation from throughout the entire student body. Tri-M students voted to donate 50 cents per ticket sold to support middle school athletics. This resulted in a $536 donation to the school’s sports program, presented at the most recent Board of Education meeting. “Fellow Tri-M adviser Concetta Stevens and I were very proud of the Tri-M members for their willingness to reach out to the student athletes,” added Fischer. The organization’s next project will be awarding a summer music study scholarship this spring.
Photos by Glenn Reed