Memorial Junior High School is among 15 schools on Long Island and 119 nationwide that have earned acknowledgment as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2016. The GRAMMY Foundation created this program as a way to recognize top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. MJHS was awarded for its initiatives at the ninth-grade level.

To be eligible for this honor, schools were required to submit applications describing their programs and student achievements. Music teacher Victoria Alaimo and other staff members from the music department completed this process and are now preparing to enter the next phase with the hopes of receiving finalist distinction in March.

MJHS offers band, chorus and orchestra as its major ensembles. A majority of the students also participate in the elective program, which includes electronic music and guitar instruction. The school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society organizes community service opportunities that incorporate music and the arts. Tri-M members must maintain a high level of academic achievement, perform in the community and volunteer at various school arts events. MJHS ninth-graders also participate in the honors ensembles (wind ensemble, jazz band, Memorial Strings, and men’s and women’s choirs) and continue to win regional Music in the Parks competitions every year.