Congratulations to Sam Edwards, our 2017 Outstanding Senior!

Congratulations to our Top 10 Outstanding Seniors! 

Andrew Brodsky

Kayla Cooper

Samuel Edwards

Shelly Feldman

Sparsh Gupta

Katie Harris

Shawn Kerry



Madison Maderious

Mac Ploetz

Olivia Solow-Niederman



Emmy and SAG nominated actor, musician, and writer Tituss Burgess is quickly emerging as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers, with his work in television and theater generating both critical and commercial acclaim.

Most notably, Burgess stars as ‘Titus Andromedon’ in the Emmy®-nominated comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring opposite Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. The show follows a young woman named Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after living in a doomsday cult for 15 years. Burgess’ character becomes a friend, roommate and mentor to Kimmy while he pursues his dreams of Broadway superstardom and becomes a viral sensation on YouTube. Tina Fey created Burgess’ outrageous character specifically for him. For the actor’s scene-stealing performance on the series, Burgess has been nominated for two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and two Critics’ Choice TV Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He was also awarded Best Actor at the 2015 Webby Awards and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy at the 2015 Gold Derby TV Awards. Season three of Kimmy Schmidt premiered on Netflix on May 19, 2017 and the series was recently renewed for a fourth season.

The actor was first introduced to television audiences in Tina Fey’s Emmy®-winning NBC series 30 Rock, where he played ‘D’Fwan,’ the vivacious hairdresser and sidekick of ‘Angie Jordan’ (Sherri Shepherd). Burgess quickly became a breakout star in the series’ fifth and sixth seasons. His other television credits include A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods, and Royal Pains.

On the big screen, Burgess recently joined the cast of Peter Hutchings’ coming-of-age drama Departures alongside Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev and Tyler Hoechlin, set to be released in 2018. Burgess also lent his voice to two major studio films: The Angry Birds Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village. Both were released by Sony.

A veteran of the stage, Burgess made his Broadway debut in 2005 as ‘Eddie’ in Good Vibrations. Since, he has held many memorable roles on the Broadway stage including ‘Hal Miller’ in Jersey Boys, ‘Sebastian the Crab’ in The Little Mermaid, and ‘Nicely-Nicely Johnson’ in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls. Burgess has also performed in regional theater productions such as The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Burgess recently acquired the rights to the beloved film The Preacher’s Wife, the story of one woman (Julia’s) journey to find her voice and strengthen her husband (the Preacher) and larger church community during a moment of financial crisis and emotional overwhelm. The Broadway Musical will include an original score and lyrics by Burgess, book by Azie Dungey, direction by Olivier nominee Stafford Arima, and musical direction by James Sampliner.
In addition, Burgess evolved his solo music career in 2012 with the debut of his album Comfortable, in which he wrote the music and lyrics for ten of the eleven songs.

Burgess currently resides in New York City.

The 2016 Outstanding Senior Award Winner:

Akaninyene Ruffin