TJ Arts is thrilled to announce that we are awarding nearly $7,000 to four deserving graduating seniors in the arts from Thomas Jefferson High School this year!
The following students were recognized at the TJHS Senior Awards Ceremony on May 25, 2022. We wish them well in their college studies!
Madeline Westwood‘s music training and skill made her an excellent candidate for the Matteo Music Scholarship and the Margie Liberati Memorial Scholarship for a total of $3,000 of support. The Matteo Music Scholarship is donated each year by Joseph Matteo in honor of his family, and the Margie Liberati Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Margie Liberati by her family. Madeline plans to study Music Education at Duquesne University. Congratulations, Madeline!
Sabrina Reed‘s dance training and theatre program leadership helped her rise to the top for our brand-new scholarship of $1,982, the Class of 1982 Scholarship, which was created by an anonymous donor. Sabrina plans to study Telecommunications and Media at Penn State University. Congratulations, Sabrina!
Holly Hannon‘s commitment to the theatre and music programs at TJHS made her shine in the running for the TJ Arts Board Scholarship, an award of $1,000. Holly plans to pursue a BFA in Theatre at Point Park University. Congratulations, Holly!
Madelyn Panaiia‘s love of the theatre and understanding of its deep impact on people helped her win the $1,000 Kathy Cecotti Memorial Scholarship, which is given in memory of former TJHS teacher and director Kathy Cecotti. Madelyn plans to study Secondary English Education with a minor in Musical Theatre at Slippery Rock University. Congratulations, Madelyn!
TJ Arts’ benefit rock concert returns for a third year with Rock the Arts: Live at The Crafthouse! Hosted at The Crafthouse Stage & Grill, we are delighted to welcome back hometown country duo Steel Blossoms, now based in Nashville, who include 2010 Thomas Jefferson High School alumna Hayley Prosser and 2007 Frazier High School alumna Sara Zebley. Joining them is The Todd Jones Band, a country group led by Elrama native Todd Jones.
A limited number of tickets are available, so reserve yours today! Click here to purchase tickets. Adults are $20, children 12 and under are $10. Doors open at 5:00 pm, music begins at 6:30 pm, and complimentary valet parking is provided that night for all guests. Seating at The Crafthouse is first-come first-served, so come early to get a great seat and place your food and drink order, which may be purchased separately. Your ticket includes admission to the concert, and all ticket proceeds benefit arts enrichment in West Jefferson Hills.
TJ Arts proudly announces the winning artist for a large-scale artwork commissioned for the rebuilt Thomas Jefferson High School. After a one-year search, on March 31, 2018, Dennis Stocke was selected from a field of 27 applicants. Mr. Stocke is an art teacher for the Upper Saint Clair School District and a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Stocke began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson High School as a student teacher. He says, “I would find great personal reward in being able to leave my artistic mark in the district.”
The subject of the artwork is the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, the namesake of the school. The mural-sized artwork will greet students, teachers, staff, residents and visitors as they enter the main atrium of the school; as such, it will be the artistic signature of the new building. The finished product will span the bulkhead of the atrium, measuring approximately 42 feet wide by 6 feet high.
The artwork will be unveiled at the Grand Opening of the new school in the coming year. Superintendent Dr. Michael Ghilani says the selection process was “extremely competitive. We are so excited for the students, teachers, and community to see the piece that was chosen that will be the centerpiece of the building for many years to come.”
The selection committee was comprised of TJ Arts Board Members, WJHSD administrators and staff, professional artists, and community residents. Executive Director of TJ Arts, Karen Suszynski, says, “TJ Arts is pleased to make this gift to the new school as a statement of the importance of arts in the education of every child. The final choice will make an appropriate visionary and dramatic statement for Thomas Jefferson High School.” This commission is completely supported through donations made to TJ Arts by individuals and institutions.
TJ Arts has so many exciting things coming up, including being nominated as a finalist for the Champions of Learning Awards presented by the Consortium for Public Education. We’d love to see lots of TJ Arts champions celebrating with us at the awards ceremony on April 7, so click here to register!
Thanks to encouragement from the West Jefferson Hills School District, TJ Arts is commissioning a new piece of artwork that will hang in the atrium of the new high school currently under construction. Four semi-finalists have been selected from a field of 27 applicants, and the finalist will be chosen in the spring. Stay tuned for more!