Jordan Coene, a senior at General Douglas MacArthur High School, was recently recognized as a 2018-2019 Award of Merit recipient for theater during the Long Island Scholar Artist Program's gala at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance, the program commends students with high academic achievement who excel in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, theater, or media arts.
To be eligible for this honor, students must display an unweighted grade point average of a 90 or above and showcase their excellence in the arts with a performance recording or portfolio of their work and an essay. Award recipients are then determined by panels of artists and arts educators. Jordan was nominated by her junior year English teacher Kristin Mund.
"Not only is Jordan an exceptional scholar, she is so gifted in art, screen writing, and acting," said M
s. Mund. "She brought life into every lesson with her whimsical smile and passionate attitude. Her rendition of Abigail Williams from Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' is one for the books! For years and years to come I will not find another student who can breathe as much life into that character."
Jordan has been involved in theater since she was eight years old.
"I knew from the moment I stepped on stage that this is what I wanted to do with my life," she said.
She has done professional singing, acting and modeling throughout her life and in addition to her studies at MacArthur High School, attends the Long Island High School for the Arts to pursue her passions.