On Monday, June 27, 2011, two students were presented with Jimmy™ Awards for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre at the 3nd Annual National High School Musical Theater Awards.
The winners were Shauni Ruetz, representing the Stars of Tomorrow Awards in Rochester, NY and Ryan McCartan, representing the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program in Minneapolis, MN.
Each student received $10,000 to further her and his education and they are eligible for four-year merit and need-based scholarship assistance to attend the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, Undergraduate at New Studio on Broadway: Music Theatre and Acting, contingent upon acceptance into the program.
Four runners-up each received a $2,500 scholarship toward their future education from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation. These winners were Kirsten Hoover from Pittsburgh, PA; Seth Jones from Kansas City, MO; Mackenzie Orr from Irving, TX; and Breyannah Tillman from Memphis, TN. Another student, Joy Christian from Hershey, PA, was selected to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s 6-week Pre-College Drama program.
Three additional awards were presented to Maya Maniar of San Jose, CA (Best Performance in an Ensemble), Kevin Crowley of New York, NY (Most Improved), and Mia Gerachis of Houston, TX (Spirit of the Jimmy Awards).