Ileana Ros-Lehtinen visits New World School of the Arts

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Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
tours New World School of the Arts, meets with administrators
and encourages students to follow their dreams
MIAMI--- Students and faculty at New World School of the Arts had a most unexpected, but much welcomed visitor when  NWSA visual arts high school seniors Sheena Klimoski and Roman Arevalo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, NWSA visual arts high school senior Michelle Gomez, NWSA Provost Dr. Mercedes Quiroga. Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, accompanied by the school’s Provost, Dr. Mercedes Quiroga, and MDC Wolfson Campus President, Dr. Rolando Montoya, visited their arts classes. After hearing much about the renowned arts conservatory, Ros-Lehtinen seemed eager to learn about the institution and welcomed the opportunity to discover and experience the magic born in the halls, classes and studios of NWSA.
The visit was more than a tour for Ros-Lehtinen, who enthusiastically roamed the halls of NWSA and sat-in on various dance rehearsals and painting lessons, accompanied by the four arts deans. It was an opportunity for the Congresswoman to experience the heart and soul of the famed school as many of the students eagerly shared their ideas, visions and future plans with the state representative. “I was honored to be in the company of such talented and gifted students,” stated Ros-Lehtinen “they are the future of not only our community, but our nation as well. New World School of the Arts is a place where wonderful things happen and after my recent visit I can clearly see why: incredibly motivated teachers, exceptional students and administrators who possess clear and innovative techniques to make learning fun and adventurous. Indeed, a great educational center.”
Ros-Lehtinen’s visit allowed her to interact with the students one-on-one. She proved to be an attentive spectator and quickly became an appreciative fan during the student’s rehearsals and lessons. “Many of the students recognized her [Ros-Lehtinen] and were delighted to see her participating and enjoying their rehearsals,” commented Provost Quiroga. “We certainly appreciate the time and attention Ileana Ros-Lehtinen dedicated to NWSA. At a time when there are so many fiscal challenges in our education system a friendly visit from one of our state congressional members truly does have positive and lasting effect and serves as an inspiration to our students. We look forward to seeing her again during our upcoming academic year, events and performances.”
During Ros-Lehtinen’s tour of the theater division, the students, who were in the midst of preparing and painting the set for their upcoming production “The Rimers of Eldritch”, were awed when the Congresswoman picked up a paint brush and added her own finishing touches to their set. To show their gratitude, the division will be dedicating the Friday, May 23, 7:30 PM performance of Lanford Wilson’s powerful play to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will be represented during the show.
With programs accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), New World School of the Arts was established by the Florida State Legislature as a center of artistic excellence in the visual and performing arts twenty years ago to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means for achieving both an academic education and artistic training. Through its partnerships with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida, NWSA offers high school diplomas as well as college-level degrees including Associates in Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music.
For more information about New World School of the Arts, please call (305) 237-3135 or visit                                                    
Photo: NWSA visual arts high school seniors Sheena Klimoski and Roman Arevalo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, NWSA visual arts high school senior Michelle Gomez, and NWSA Provost Dr. Mercedes Quiroga.
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