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March 2024

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Sam Hale

Congratulations to March's Senior of the Month, Sam Hale!

Sam is a musician who has been attending CASA since 10th grade. He comes to CASA from the School District of Harrisburg. 

At CASA, Sam is the Public Relations Officer who often organizes performances for the Student Council and is a member of the National Honors Society, he is a member of the school debate club and has helped organize music performances for Black History Month in both his junior and senior year. He was also named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program for his score on the PSAT, and he takes dual enrollment courses at Harrisburg University. Outside of school, Sam has been taking classical and jazz piano lessons for 12 years, and he often performs professionally throughout the region as a pianist, guitarist, bassist, and percussionist.

Sam's favorite CASA memories have been all the times he was able to lighten and enlighten the lives of others through performance. Sam's favorite artistic piece he has created was "Destruction" from CASALive! 

In the future, Sam plans on attending college and pursuing a double degree in jazz piano and African studies.

Sam says that CASA has shown him what it means to be a part of an inclusive environment, something that can be hard to find in K-12 education. Also through CASA, he has become much more invested in music and academics than he has ever been before, and it has really helped show him the path he wants to pursue in life. He would like to thank both the students and faculty who have displayed compassion and selflessly worked for the success of himself and others, he is very grateful for you. he hopes that he has returned the favor, and he encourages you to continue to pass that selfless compassion on to as many people as possible.

We are so proud of you, Sam!
 

February 2024

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Amani Weary

Congratulations to February's Senior of the Month, Amani Weary! 

Amani is a dancer who has been attending CASA since 9th grade. She comes to CASA from the School District of Dallastown. 

At CASA, Amani is the Vice President of the National Honors Society and is the Vice president of the Senior Class Officials. She also serves as a student intern for the Whitaker Center. She has been in many CASA Spring Musicals, playing the role of Gomez in The Addams Family, Joanne in Rent, and Danielle in Bring It On. Outside of school, Amani is a drummer and lead singer in her band Before The End, she works part-time at Rutters, and during the summer is the head counselor at Jack and Jill Summer Camp. 

Amani's favorite CASA memories are getting to be the head of the scarf puppet in CASALive! or hanging out with friends in between school and musical rehearsal. Amani's favorite artistic piece she created was CONSTRUCTION!! Aka Converge into Destruction from CASALive!

In the future, Amani plans on attending college with a major in Musical Theater. After performing professionally for a few years, she plans to take over her father's business spreading arts around the world.

Amani says that CASA has been an amazing place for her to express herself through her art. She has grown so much in her time here, and without CASA she would be nowhere near as experienced and knowledgeable as she is now. CASA has been the perfect stepping stone for her artistic career and she is so glad to have gone here throughout all of high school. She would like to thank her teachers for being the most supportive and understanding teachers she has ever had. Through all of the ups and downs, each and every one of her teachers was there for her and supported her. She appreciates them all so much, and their contributions to her success mean the world to her.

We are so proud of you, Amani!

January 2024

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Noam Di Giulio

Congratulations to January’s Senior of the Month, Noam Di Giulio!

Noam is a visual arts student who has been attending CASA since 9th grade. They come to CASA from the School District of Lancaster.

At CASA, Noam is a member of National Honor Society, a member of the Tutoring Club, and a Big with CASA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program. They also served as the student intern for our visual arts elective courses last year. Noam has won 2 National Silver Medals in the Scholastic Art Competition for a work created in 10th grade titled Noam, and a work created in 11th grade titled Seeker. Outside of CASA, they do volunteer work at the Friendship Heart Gallery in Lancaster.

Noam’s favorite CASA memories are the dinner breaks during last year’s CASALive! show week. They enjoyed getting food with friends and the well-deserved break from the stress of the show. Noam’s favorite artistic pieces they created was a collection of paintings and digital photographs for this year’s mid-year. The collection follows the story of an artist who fell in love with a plant-human named Pacifica.

 

In the future, Noam plans to attend a college or university to acquire a degree in studio art.

Noam says that CASA has impacted their life by presenting them with the opportunity to improve their artistic ability and develop an unique artistic voice, but also is a space they feel they can comfortably express themself to the fullest. They would like to thank the teachers and administrators who have curated a safe space for creative thought and person growth at CASA. They say, “You continue to motivate me to push myself to keep creating.” Noam’s final thoughts on this honor—“I can’t believe Natalie got Senior of the Month before me.”

We are so proud of you, Noam!

December 2023

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Jenna Rhoads

Congratulations to December’s Senior of the Month, Jenna Rhoads!

Jenna is a dance student who has been attending CASA since 9th grade. She comes to CASA from Central Dauphin SD.

At CASA, Jenna is the Secretary of the Student Council, a member of National Honor Society, a member of our Principal’s Council, and a Big with CASA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Jenna is also the student intern working with our U.S. Government classes. Outside of CASA, she takes dance classes and is an assistant teacher at The Studio, volunteers with various community service projects including Backpacks for Hope, and works part-time as a cashier at Giant.

Jenna’s favorite CASA memory is her freshman year English class with Ms. Flood. She remembers that it was the hybrid year and students were in class just two days a week, so Ms. Flood provided many opportunities for discussions to build community. She is still very close to these peers, and they have continued to maintain safe spaces for discussing challenging topics over the years. Jenna’s favorite artistic piece she created was last year’s CASALive! performances, Converge and Destruction.

In the future, Jenna plans to attend a college or university to pursue a degree in Political Science and possibly History.

Jenna says that CASA has been a home to her in many ways. She says, “I was terrified going into high school, but I’ve loved every opportunity that CASA has offered me! I’ve found a strong community of artists, friends, and mentors who have taught me countless skills and lessons that have made me who I am.” She would like to thank her teachers who have helped her to think outside the box, question what she thinks she knows, and fight for the things she believes in. She says, “Because of all of you, I am moving on with a passion to change the world, just like you’ve all changed mine.”

We are so proud of you, Jenna!

November 2023

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Melody Carsey

Congratulations to November’s Senior of the Month, Melody Carsey!

Melody is a theatre student who has been attending CASA since 11th grade. She comes to CASA from Upper Dauphin Area SD.

At CASA, Melody is a member of the National Honor Society and member of our Dungeons & Dragons Club. She has also been involved in the school-wide theatre productions at CASA including being a cast member and playwright for our 2022 fall play, Rock N' Roll McDonald's: A Neofuturist Show; performing in the role of Maureen in our 2023 spring musical, Rent; and she will be performing in the role of Campbell in our 2024 spring musical, Bring It On. Melody was awarded a 2023 Apollo Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role in Rent. Outside of CASA, she is a member of the Penguin Project with Theatre Harrisburg, takes private vocal lessons, and is preparing for her role as Natalie in the show, Next to Normal, at Theatre Harrisburg.

Melody’s favorite CASA memories are the improv scenes she has done with her classmates because they have been able to collaborate in many hilarious ways which has brought them closer together and built a great community. Melody’s favorite artistic piece she created was her junior year’s mid-year scene, “They Fell,” from the play, Almost, Maine.

In the future, Melody plans to attend Waynesburg University for a B.S. in Forensic Science with minors in Music and Theatre.

Melody says that CASA has impacted her life by helping her grow as a person, both creatively and socially, and giving her many skills that she will carry with her through the rest of her life. She says, “At CASA, I've made so many incredible friendships and learned a lot about my personal creative process.” She would like to thank her family for pushing her to explore and learn, even when it was difficult. She would also like to thank all of the staff members and students at CASA who have fostered a welcoming and engaging environment for her to flourish as a person and create art that she is extremely proud of.

We are so proud of you, Melody!

October 2023

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John Ames

Congratulations to October’s Senior of the Month, John Ames!

John is a film and video student who has been attending CASA since 9th grade. He comes to CASA from Susquehanna Township SD.

At CASA, John is a member of the Student Council, a member of National Honor Society, the founder and captain of the Dungeons and Dragons Club, and the Film class’s student representative for the Integrated Arts process. Outside of CASA, he participates in Kung Fu, competes in rifle target shooting competitions, and oversees the video streaming of his church’s services.

John’s favorite CASA memory is when he appeared on stage during last year’s CASALive! show. For the scene, he used a special camera setup to film the dancers to provide the audience with a unique perspective of their dance performance. He really enjoyed the experience and loved the final product. John’s favorite artistic piece he created was his junior year’s mid-year film, You're Never Gonna Believe This, about a couple of guys who go out to try to catch a sasquatch.

In the future, John plans to attend a college or university to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

John says that CASA has impacted his life providing him the opportunity to meet many great people who truly enjoyed working with and making art with. He would like to thank his teachers who have helped contribute to his learning and growth. He would also like to thank his peers and friends. He says, “I’ve had so much fun working with my peers at CASA! My fellow artists do nothing but enhance the art I make with them.” John is honored to be recognized as one of CASA’s Seniors of the Month, and is excited to see his peers be recognized for their achievements this year, too.

We are so proud of you, John!

September 2023

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Natalie Twigg

Congratulations to September’s Senior of the Month, Natalie Twigg!

Natalie is a visual art student who has been attending CASA since 9th grade. She comes to CASA from Cumberland Valley SD.

At CASA, Natalie is the President of the Student Council, a member of National Honor Society, and a Big with CASA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  Natalie is also the student intern working with our underclassmen visual art class. Outside of CASA, she volunteers within her local arts community, babysits, and works part-time at her family’s restaurant.

Natalie’s favorite CASA memory is when the visual art class would get coffee together after a show and sit and talk on the Capitol lawn. Natalie’s favorite artistic piece she created was her junior year’s sustained investigation, Indigo & Yellow.  

In the future, Natalie plans to attend a college or university to pursue her BFA in Fine Arts.

Natalie says that CASA has impacted her life by allowing her to become a better collaborator, leader, and problem-solver, which are skills that she is incredibly grateful to have. She says, “At CASA, I am often pushed outside of my comfort zone and challenged to grow within a safe and loving community.” She would like to thank the staff members and her peers she has worked with at CASA during the past four years. She says, “The support and patience of the staff, to myself and my peers, has created an environment that has lead me to love my education and artistic development.”

We are so proud of you, Natalie!
 

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