M-W seniors honored at Humanities Breakfast

on April 30, 2019

Two members of the Monroe-Woodbury High School Class of 2019 were among those recognized at the 6th annual Senior Scholar Humanities Breakfast hosted by Orange-Ulster BOCES on April 25, 2019. High school seniors who distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities during their high school careers came together at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown to be honored for their achievements. Parents, teachers, high school principals and superintendents joined together to celebrate the students for their success.

The two award recipients from Monroe-Woodbury High School are:

Senior Scholar Humanities WinnerJohn De Petris – De Petris will be attending a four-year college this fall. He plans to major in music and then continue his education in graduate school. John is currently bass section leader in M-W high school’s voice ensemble; he plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra and the cymbals in the drum line; he is a member of the drama club and the Jubilate Youth Choir of Warwick, NY; and he is a member of both the National and Italian Honor Societies. During his four years in high school, De Petris has participated in countless performances, including but not limited to: All-County Music Festival; Area All-State Music Festival; Conference All-State Music Festival; and most recently, the National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Division Mixed Chorus.


Senior Scholar Humanities WinnerNora Gmelch – Gmelch will double major in environmental science and fine arts in the fall. In high school, she is an art major and has also been in the science research program for three years. Gmelch was an invited artist at the New York District 18 Congressional Art Competition and the Orange County Human Rights Commission. She has been invited to present her research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and the Greater CapitalRegion Science and Engineering Fair. Gmelch is honored to have been selected as a Senior Scholar in the Arts and Humanities at Monroe-Woodbury High School. She has been training in ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dance for 15 years. Gmelch has completed three hundred hours of community service for a Comprehensive Regents Diploma. She recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for a project at Black Rock Forest that combines botany, art and environmental conservation.

Congratulations, John and Nora!