John Spinale Awarded First GHS Simonsen Visual Arts Scholarship


Steve Simonsen congratulates GHS student John Spinale on being awarded the first annual visual arts scholarship.

On Thursday morning, May 9, Gifft Hill School headmistress Judy Chamberlian awarded the first ever Steve Simonsen Visual Arts Scholarship at the school’s Upper Campus.

The scholarship honors the long-time St. John artist and GHS teacher Simonsen, while recognizing a student who has demonstrated a commitment to, and excellence in, the area of visual arts, explained Chamberlain.

The award was given to John Spinale, for using his gifts to enrich the arts programs of GHS.

“For the past three years, Spinale has impressed us with his creativity and professionalism,” said the GHS head. “He has created videos celebrating a variety of GHS programs and dedicated untold hours in service to the school helping produce fundraising videos. He has become the unofficial go-to resource for teachers needing help with video projects and is always generous with his time and expertise.”