CAS High School Outstanding Arts Award
recipients Kevin Kearns ’16 (left) and
Ian D’Arcangelo ’16
Northwest Catholic High School seniors Ian D’Arcangelo and Kevin Kearns are two of the top Connecticut seniors who excel in the arts that were recently honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet.
D’Arcangelo, of Avon, is both an artist and musician. He has played Bass in the Northwest Catholic Big Band, Unified Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pit Band, String Orchestra, jazz combos, and participated in Jazz Cabaret Night, Berklee College Jazz Fest, Manchester High School Jazz Fest, Infinity Hall Hartford, Celebrate! West Hartford, and Avon Day. Ian has taken several Visual Arts courses at Northwest Catholic, including AP Studio Art as a senior. He has designed program covers for Northwest Catholic events, and designed a logo for the nonprofit charity "Trumpets Not Guns." Ian has also written and produced a few short films. He plans to major in film production in college.
Kearns, of Simsbury, is a multi-faceted musician. He has been a member of the Big Band, Jazz Choir and Jazz Combo for four years, performed with the Honors Wind Ensemble for three years and has also sung in the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir. Kevin represented Northwest Catholic in the 2015 NAfME All-National Mixed Choir Honor Ensemble his senior year and performed in the CMEA All-State Chorus as a sophomore and junior. In his junior year, he was named the number one singer in the group. He has also participated in the CMEA Northern Regional Honor Ensembles as both a singer and a jazz pianist. During his senior year, Kevin also created and directed a Unified Jazz program. He will attend Harvard University in the fall, majoring in math and music.
The CAS Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet annually recognizes two seniors in each high school for outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. The students are chosen by their school to receive this honor. The banquet, with over 1,300 in attendance, is sponsored by Jostens and Bearingstar Insurance.