Pinellas prep talent to be on display tonight
Pinellas County's student stars will be out tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Gala will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is a culmination of a yearlong, countywide entertainment competition. Walker's Rising Stars was created and funded by noted Bay Area neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Walker to recognize the county's most outstanding public high school junior and senior solo performers in instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance and visual arts. More than 200 students entered, and 20 finalists were selected to compete for scholarships up to $10,000. Tickets are available through Ruth Eckerd Hall for $10 by calling (727) 791-7400. This year's finalists:
Dance: Joseph DiSanza, senior, Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School; Gabriela Johnson, senior, PCCA; Jennifer Lindner, senior, Tarpon Springs High; and Amos Oliver III, senior, PCCA.
Drama: Robert Bowman, senior, Seminole High; Stephanie Lehman, senior, PCCA; Sam French, junior, PCCA; and Daniel LeVine, senior, Lakewood High.
Instrumental: George Pappas, senior, Palm Harbor University High; Danielle Rossbach, senior, St. Petersburg High; Andrew Schultz, junior, Palm Harbor University High; and Emily Fredrickson, senior, Tarpon Springs High.
Visual Arts: Ashley Ortiz-Diaz, junior, PCCA; Marques Linder, senior, PCCA; Annamarie Grinstead, junior, PCCA; and Brittany Reuther, senior, PCCA.
Vocal: Jacob Stewart, junior, PCCA; Blaine Krauss, junior, PCCA; Alixandra Bigley, senior, Tarpon Springs High; and Erin Fleming, senior, PCCA.
Rays' host at 4th Friday Clearwater
Rich Herrera, host of the pre and postgame shows on the Rays Baseball Network, will be broadcasting live from this month's 4th Friday Clearwater. The event, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Clearwater between the 500 and 600 blocks of Cleveland Street, will benefit the Miles for Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that funds brain tumor research. Held every fourth Friday of the month, 4th Friday Clearwater is a collaborative event spearheaded by the Clearwater Downtown Partnership. Visit www.4thFridayClearwater.com for information.