High school junior Sarah Miller has been named a 2014 Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artist Award of Merit winner for her exceptional talent playing the cello.

The award is designed to recognize students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island. Every Long Island public, private or parochial high school may nominate up to five juniors in the disciplines of music, visual arts, media arts, theater or dance. Students must represent the highest level of artistic excellence and superior academic achievement with an unweighted GPA of 90 or above.

Students nominated in music must submit a performance DVD and past NYSSMA scores, and write an essay on how participation in the arts has enriched their lives. Panels of leading artists and arts educators review submissions. Only 20 students are then named LIAA Scholar-Artists, and up to 20 additional students may receive Awards of Merit.

Sarah attended a kickoff event at Half Hollow Hills School East and will attend an end-of-year reception at the Tilles Center in June to receive a certificate.