M-W students honored as Senior Scholars in the Humanities

Central Valley. Michael Paul Hauck and Julia Wilkinson have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities during their high school careers.

| 31 May 2020 | 01:21

Congratulations to Michael Paul Hauck and Julia Wilkinson, members of the Monroe-Woodbury High School Class of 2020 who were among those recognized as Senior Scholars Humanities by Orange-Ulster BOCES.

Each spring, 32 high school seniors from districts in the Orange-Ulster BOCES region who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities during their high school careers are honored for their achievements.

Although this year’s annual breakfast event was cancelled in the interest of public safety, students received their awards directly from Orange-Ulster BOCES.

The two award recipients from Monroe-Woodbury are:

Michael Paul Hauck

Michael Paul will initially be attending Rockland Community College and plans to continue his education at a four-year college. He is interested in studying sociology and ceramics.

He is a Senior Art Major at Monroe-Woodbury and is graduating with a Regents Diploma of Distinction in the Fine Arts.

He is passionate about ceramics and spends endless hours throwing on the potter’s wheel.

In addition to his high school art courses, Michael Paul has studied independently and has gained praise from local potters for his advanced skill level. He enjoys volunteering his time and talents helping his peers throughout the school and tutoring other students on the potter’s wheel.

Michael Paul was the February Artist of the Month and participated in the exhibition sponsored by the Orange County Human Rights Commission.

He has been consistently on the honor roll during high school and has been noted for his perseverance as well as his dedication to helping others. He loves teaching people about ceramics and is considering a future in education.

Julia Wilkinson

Julia will be attending SUNY Fredonia this fall in upstate New York. She plans on majoring in early childhood education/special education and then continuing her education in graduate school.

Julia has been playing the flute for nine years and plans to continue her flute playing and singing throughout her college career. Julia is currently president of the Monroe-Woodbury chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, where she organizes and manages meetings, local performances and other events. She is also president of Wind Ensemble and is the Alto Section Leader of Voice Ensemble.

Julia is a member of numerous clubs such as National Honor Society, French Honor Society, the Drama Club, Music Mentoring Program, LEAD and STARS. Julia has also participated in multiple All-County and Area-All State Music Festivals and NYSSMA solos during her four years of high school.