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Miley, a lucky ticket winner, high school thespians and more

'Tis the season

Despite the summer weather only Florida seems to have been granted, we're doing our best to get into the spirit with some of the best tunes of the season. To listen, scan the code or go to

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Frank Sinatra ft. B. Swanson Quartet

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays *NSYNC

Santa Baby Eartha Kitt

8 Days Of Christmas Destiny's Child

Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney

All I Want For Christmas Is You Mariah Carey

The Man With The Bag Kay Starr

Silent Night Michael Bublé

Home for the Holidays Perry Como

My Christmas List Simple Plan

Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry

GINI BARREDA, Hillsborough High and KATIE LAMONT, East Lake High/SPC

We keep promising that the cheat sheet will be free of Miley, but here we are again, so bear with us. She and her tongue will be in town for the Jingle Ball next Wednesday, and in honor of her visit, here's a little wish list.

More Hannah: We all remember innocent little Miss Montana. At age 13, Miley made her big debut as the double-life pop star, but now that she has reached her 20s, she isn't making the transformation into adulthood very smoothly. We wish she'd channel Hannah, giving us some of that Southern drawl and one-liners.

Less new Miley: The current Miley has gone off the rails, twerking with a foam finger and slobbering all over a hammer, to say nothing of that tongue. We wish she'd keep her tongue locked up, and instead set free any regular, likely 21-year-old emotions.

More understanding. Okay, she brings the harsh public judgment upon herself. But maybe we should give her a break. "Every person goes through a phase where they lose themselves; Miley Cyrus just does it in a different way," said Davy Phrathep, sophomore at St. Petersburg High. "When people start putting labels on you (such as 'out-of-control celebrity'), you tend to live up to them." We wish people would stop spending so much time judging Miley Cyrus, so maybe then she'd stop acting out. Chloe Beaver, St. Petersburg High

Jingle Ball magic

How many times have you raced to dial a radio station phone number so you could be the winning caller? And how many times have you been met with a busy signal, or a voice saying "you're not caller No. whatever," and no prize?

Academy of the Holy Names senior Angelina Bartucci is not familiar with that scenario.

For five straight years Bartucci has claimed a free ticket to 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball concert. It started during eighth grade when she dialed up and was told she was winning caller No. 93. Since then, Bartucci has repeatedly won a seat at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for one of the most anticipated concerts during the holiday season. This year, Jingle Ball will feature Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo, Enrique Iglesias and Ariana Grande, among others.

Bartucci's winning streak is not limited to concert tickets; she's also the envy of her school as she claims many of the most sought after prizes during Academy's annual Reindeer Raffle fundraiser. Tampa businesses donate items in order to raise money for Academy's Christmas Formal Dance, and students and teachers buy tickets they place in boxes in front of items they want. Although her friends are convinced Bartucci has it down to some mathematical equation, she assures there is no particular strategy for getting tickets drawn. "I usually buy only $20 to $30 worth of tickets and spread them out among all of the boxes," she said. She also places tickets in boxes that have few tickets and boxes that she knows will be drawn from several times. She said she hopes her luck continues one more time.

"This is my last year," said Bartucci, "so the pressure is on to make it a good one." Gini Barreda, Academy of the Holy Names

Psych sings

Psych: The Musical is like the perfect pineapple: zesty, yet shockingly sweet. The stars of USA Network's fake-psychic-detective series impress performing original songs and dance-numbers in a special two-hour episode, premiering Sunday at 9. True Psych-os will be pleasantly surprised by the resurrection of a few old characters and tunes, but even strangers to the show can enjoy the cheeky songs and fun choreography. To see a tb-two* interview with some of the Psych stars, scan the code or go to Liz Tsourakis, Hillsborough High

Theater students from 21 schools around Tampa Bay took the stage last weekend at the District IV Thespian Festival 2013 at St. Petersburg College and Gibbs High, with the theme "Let It Show! Let It Show! Let It Show!"

In top photo at right: After performing for judges and the chance to advance to the state competition in the spring, students crowded outside the room where votes were being tallied.

In bottom photo at right: Palm Harbor University High thespians performed Hey, Good Lookin' from Dogfight at the competition. They are, from left, junior Nina Andjelic, senior Annalise Lynch, junior Kayley Kinports, sophomores Blake Lafita and Andrew Luc, junior Evan Lange and senior Josh Perlin. In addition to multiple district wins in ensemble and individual performances, Palm Harbor will be taking its one-act, Vinegar Tom, to state.

Pictured online at St. Petersburg Catholic's thespian troupe, whose ratings included a Superior for a duet musical by juniors Kelly Burke and Carissa Chanrasmi.

Reported by Elizabeth Brown-Worthington, Boca Ciega High; Heather Finster, St. Petersburg Catholic; Joey Hager, Palm Harbor University High


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