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Three HHS Students Win Spots in Rising Stars High School Classical Musicians Concert

Three of Howell High School’s students were selected to perform in the Rising Stars High School Classical Musicians Concert. Ciara DiMaiolo, Maya Ben-Harush, and Julia Lupi were three of six opera singers and six instrumentalists selected in New Jersey to perform at the Algonquin Theater in two concerts on November 14th.

All three students are members of the Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Howell. Since 1984, the Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Program has provided conservatory-type training to young artists who want to combine a college preparatory schedule with advanced arts training in a traditional high school setting. Graduates have gone on to traditional liberal arts colleges and prestigious institutions for the performing arts such as NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Juilliard, University of Southern California, University of the Arts, Mason-Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, Berklee College, University of Miami, and many more.

Alumnae have starred in or work behind-the-scenes on feature films, national television shows (The Daily Show, Designated Survivor, The Rachael Ray Show), and national and world tours of musicals (Miss Saigon). They have won Peabody and Emmy awards for video editing, received Emmy awards for acting, published books, produced independent films, and edited and written for national magazines and newspapers. Furthermore, Fine and Performing Arts alumnae have also become successful in fields beyond the arts including medicine, physical and speech therapy, education, entertainment law and management, and architecture.

FPA offers a four-year program in three distinct majors: Acting, Dance, and Entertainment Technology, which includes a music production and a video production track. Students train and work in an acting studio, two dance studios, a video studio, and a music production and recording studio. They produce and perform in a number of showcases and are encouraged to participate in the numerous arts and other extracurricular programs offered at Howell High School. In the past few years, our students have entered and won awards at numerous festivals and competitions: All American High School Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Count Basie Project FX Film Festival, to name a few.

In addition to the emphasis on the fine and performing arts, we expect a high standard of academic achievement from our students. Since 2012, four FPA students have either been valedictorian or salutatorian of their class.

Ciara DiMaiolo, Maya Ben-Harush and Julia Lupi with teacher Regina McAllen