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Pinellas Education Foundation awards $66,000 in scholarships

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The Pinellas Education Foundation awarded about $66,000 in scholarships recently at the 10th Annual Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Competition. Students competing in six arts categories appeared and performed before an audience of 1,100 at Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 20. A panel of judges selected the winners, and online voters chose "fan favorites" in each category. In addition, audience members were invited to vote via text for an "audience favorite."

More than 200 juniors and seniors from Pinellas public schools applied to compete in a seven-month process of auditions and adjudication.

Local neurosurgeon and education foundation board member Jeffrey Walker provided initial funding for the program in 2003, and has since been joined by other corporate and community sponsors. This year's event was presented by Kane's Furniture and Crown Automotive Group. Here is a list of winners, finalists and their awards. More information is available at www.pinellaseducation.org.

First place, $5,000 scholarship

Dance: Marquis Floyd, senior, Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) at Gibbs High

Drama: Dylan Barlowe, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Instrumental music: Kaitlyn Resler, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Video arts: Alexandra Chandler, junior, Clearwater High

Visual art: Shannon Michaud, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Vocal music: Amanda Springer, senior, Palm Harbor University High

Second place, $3,000 scholarship

Dance: Tristen Braboy, junior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Drama: Dacey McNally, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Instrumental music: Justin Ma, junior, Palm Harbor University High

Video arts: Samantha Irvine, Will Linton, seniors, PCCA at Gibbs High

Visual art: Quinton Merada, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Vocal music: Kerry Caraballo, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Third place, $2,000 scholarship

Dance: Sarah Ginnetti, senior, East Lake High

Drama: Andre Smith, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Instrumental music: Andrea Tafelski, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Video arts: Caleb Cruz, senior, Dixie Hollins High

Visual art: Joy Garrett-Douglas, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Vocal music: Katie Eichler, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Fourth place, $1,000 scholarship

Dance: Jalen Williams, junior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Drama: Heather O'Leary, junior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Instrumental music: Lamont Kaiser, senior, Tarpon Springs High

Video arts: Justin Reyes, junior, Clearwater High

Visual art: Ayanna Steele, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Vocal music: Maiya Stevenson, senior, PCCA at Gibbs High

Fan favorites

Dance: Sarah Ginnetti

Drama: Dacey McNally

Instrumental music: Justin Ma

Video arts: Caleb Cruz

Visual art: Joy Garrett-Douglas

Vocal music: Amanda Springer

Audience favorite

Sarah Ginnetti

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