Litchfield News

LHS students selected for C.A.S. Arts Awards (03-26-13)

Two seniors at Litchfield High School have been selected to receive the Connecticut Association of Schools (C.A.S.) Arts Awards. Sarah Birdsall and Kapri Pitz are this year’s award recipients for this prestigious recognition.

Over 175 Connecticut high schools have the opportunity to recognize two outstanding senior performing or visual arts students who possess the qualities of outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts, scholarship, and leadership. Both of these students have exhibited exemplary achievements in these art arenas.
Sarah Birdsall has been nothing short of a model student and musician in her time with the Litchfield High School Music Department.  As one of the top French horn players in the state, Sarah’s individual accomplishments reflect her impressive work ethic and drive to constantly improve herself as a musician. Most notable among these many honors, Sarah twice earned a seat in the All State Music Festival and the New England Music Festival. In addition, Sarah was selected for the Northern Regional Music Festival all four years of her high school career. Outside of school, Sarah works diligently with a private instructor to enhance her overall musicianship, and also participates in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble.  In school, Sarah has been an invaluable asset to the music program, thanks to her exceptional playing skills, reliability, diligence, and leadership by example in both rehearsals and performances. Sarah was elected Band Co-President this year, which is a testament to the respect that she has earned from both her peers and teachers. 
Kapri Pitz is an exceptional young artist, scholar and leader. The long list of her personal accomplishments is proof of the dedication and skill with which she approaches each new endeavor. Kapri actively served as class president for three of her four years of high school and she is All-School Student Council President during this, her senior year. These leadership roles involve leadership training and many hours of working closely with peers, community members, and faculty planning and executing multiple special events for the school community. Kapri also volunteers her time to numerous community charitable organizations and events. Kapri is a dedicated and accomplished scholar. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. Kapri volunteers as a peer tutor.  She has received numerous awards during her high school years acknowledging her academic excellence as well as her leadership contributions. As an artist Kapri is highly skilled, perceptive, innovative and dedicated. Her art portfolio bears witness to her level of dedication and skill. Her art work is diverse as well as being well designed and beautifully executed. Kapri‘s watercolor portrait received a Silver Key Award at the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards competition this year. We are pleased to name her as the LHS visual art recipient of the CAS Fine Art Awards for 2013.
Sarah and Kapri, accompanied by their guests and Litchfield staff will be recognized at the18th Annual Connecticut Association of Schools Art Award Banquet on April 1, 2013. ~ contributed