TURNER – Tiffany Zara Peterson, 17, seventh in her class of 2004 at Leavitt Area High School, has been named Outstanding High School Student for “commendable achievements” by Who’s Who in American High Schools for the academic year 2002-2003, making this the second consecutive year she has received the honor.

Who’s Who in American High Schools recognizes gifted high school students selected by their principals, comparable faculty members or other educational organizations. Parke H. Davis, chairman of National Academic Affairs, wrote, “I commend you for your consistent commitment to excellence. Only the highest-achieving students in high school are even considered for this honor.”

Peterson, who will major in art and design when she graduates, has created original works of art for the middle and high schools throughout her years in the SAD 52 system.

She is an active participant and contributor to the Leavitt art program and has recently returned from visiting the works of the great masters, Michelangelo and Leonardo Davinci, in Italy and Greece. She is a member of the Androscoggin Creative Arts Program.

A lover of the arts throughout her school years, she has participated in concert and marching band, appeared in numerous theatrical productions at school and Auburn’s Community Little Theatre, studied dance at the Art of Dance School in Greene and performed on trombone alongside professional musicians.

In 1997, at the age of 11, she attended a weeklong seminar at Kingston University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where, accompanied by her piano instructor, Rachel Feeley of Auburn, she studied the Suzuki Music Method.

Peterson’s influence in the design and construction of the entry, “Wonderful World/New Orleans Street Party,” helped “Shows to Go!,” a performance art company in which she is a cast member, win first place for a nonprofit in the 20th annual Maine State Parade.

She is the daughter of Larry and Nancy Peterson of Leeds and granddaughter of Mary and Emile Denis of Lewiston.

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