Ranzenhofer honors Williamsville East for National Award


    Recognizes teachers with Resolution during Senate session

    Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Williamsville East High School with a Joint Legislative Resolution for being named by the College Board as the Middle States  Regional winner and the National winner of the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.  School teachers Dr. Stephen Shewan and John Kryder represented the school district at the State Capitol.

    “Congratulations to Williamsville East High School for receiving the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Success through education is based in the arts because music, poetry and dance programs enable students to excel in their core subjects.  Williamsville East High School has produced so many great students, especially great musicians and athletes, and there is no doubt in my mind that the Collaborations and Connections program has made the difference.”

    The school submitted the Collaborations and Connections program for consideration. The Collaborations and Connections program, founded in 2000, is built around the work of a guest poet whose own work inspires students to collaborate on poetry, music, dance and the visual arts.  The yearlong program brings together students from Buffalo and Williamsville to create a truly community-oriented experience. 

    "We are thrilled with the College Board's Award and with Senator Ranzenhofer's recognition of it. His voice for the arts in education is crucial for the future in this state and beyond," said Kryder.
    "Senator Ranzenhofer and his staff understand that our nation's success depends on having creative minds," said Shewan.

    Williamsville East High School will be recognized at the College Board’s National Forum in October. 

    The College Board established the award program to recognize and celebrate the achievements of six K – 12 schools which have expanded student potential by promoting creativity, innovation and critical thinking skills through arts related programs.  The College Board, founded in 1990, is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization was created to expand access to higher education by connecting students to college success and opportunity

    John Kryder, the co-founder of the program, currently teaches English and Dr. Stephen Shewan is the Director of Bands at Williamsville East High School. 

    PHOTO: Senator Ranzenhofer honors Dr. Stephen Shewan (right) and John Kryder (left) on the floor of the State Senate during session last week.