Five talented high school students compete for their share of $11,000 in scholarship funds.
What are you doing Saturday night? You, once again, have the chance to watch some rising stars perform in a vocal competition, while enjoying cocktails, dinner and a silent auction.
"Watch a Rising Star" is going on at the Kravis Center's Cohen Pavillion. The following high school seniors will be vying for their share of $11,000 in scholarship money to be used on college tuition, music lessons or books:
Lexi Carter & Eric Vinas - Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Gayla Whitehurst - Suncoast Community High School
Janell Gray & Brianna Scully - Martin County High School
The prize amount is more than double that of last year ($5,000). We spoke with Claudia Kirk Barto, President of the non-profit Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast and she told us how they were able to gather so much more in scholarships.
"We had two donors that felt strongly that we should open up the auditions and not only have one student from each high school but the larger community, because there is talent everywhere and we wanna empower young people to own their success. And if singing is their talent, and their future, and their business endeavor, these two donors felt strongly that young people should receive a large scholarship."
She describes Junior Achievement this way: "We are empowering young people to own their success through financial literacy, work readiness and entrepeneurship programs taught by volunteers that go into the classroom we have over a thousand volunteers."
Some highlights from the silent auction: "A flight to Key West, a trip to Puerto Rico at the Ritz Carlton, weekends in Vegas, LA Lakers signed basketballs from Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant."
In addition to the vocalist competition, The Mad Science Award, for "Making a Difference", will be given out. Four of the top students in science in our area will be granted scholarships through the Stiles Nicholson Foundation, including Maria Elena Grimmett, the top student scientist. She attends the Oxbridge Academy, a private school in West Palm Beach.
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