PHS Students Recognized for Excellence in the Arts
Posted on 02/22/2022
Plainville High School students Garret Millette and Peyton Stehle have been recognized by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) for excellence in the arts. Each year, CAS honors two Plainville seniors who excel in the performing and/or visual arts through their high school arts awards recognition program.
 
This year, senior Garret Millette has been selected as the CAS Performing Arts Award recipient.  "Garret is an outstanding musician and leader. He has a tremendous work ethic and extremely high standards," shared Plainville High School Band Director Dom Talotta.
 
Garret is a member of the PHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir.  In addition, he has earned seats in the Regional and All-State festivals over multiple years.  Garret will be pursuing a career in Music Education after graduation.

"Garret is an exceptional student in Choir.  He is respected by his peers and exemplifies the best of who we are as a PHS community,"  shared PHS Choral Director Todd Helming.

Senior Peyton Stehle has been selected as the CAS Visual Arts Award recipient.  "Peyton is a positive and creative thinker who is engaging to work with and has the ability to offer a welcoming spirit to those around her in life and in the classroom,"  shared  Art Teacher Mario Pires.

Peyton has participated in many art courses and opportunities throughout her high school career.  Most recently she was a Golden Key award winner in the national scholastic art and writing awards competition where her work was recognized for originality, technical skill, and emergence of a vision/voice. Peyton will be pursuing a career in Art Education after graduation.

"Peyton is a kind, compassionate, funny, positive, conscientious, mature, dedicated, creative,  and thoughtful critical thinker. She is a positive role model and embodies Plainville High School's “Portrait of the Graduate” skills; collaborative, communicative, innovative, mindful, and resilient," shared Art Teacher Lena Pietri.
 
“We are very fortunate in Plainville to have an incredible arts program at PHS. These two students epitomize the skills and capabilities of our visual and performing art students. I could not be prouder that they represent Plainville High School by being selected for this prestigious award, ” noted Plainville High School Principal, Carl Johnson.

“Congratulations to these two accomplished and exceptional artists who represent the pinnacle level of skill and talent, which has been shaped and molded during their years in Plainville Community Schools,” said Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.