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Finalists perform for Dare to Dream awards
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CLEARWATER – The Ruth Eckerd Hall board of directors recently announced the performing finalists for the second annual Dare to Dream Awards.

This fundraising event showcasing the breadth of students trained at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall will be presented Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Call 791-7400 or visit

Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,500 to $10,000 and individual tickets that include a VIP reception are $75. For information and to purchase these tickets, call Nancy Dietrich at 712-2760.

The finalists for the second annual Dare to Dream Awards are as follows:

• Berkeley Preparatory School – vocal finalist, senior Maya Jacobson, 17, maintains a 4.0 GPA.

• Homeschool – dance finalist, senior Ashlyn Bolton, 17, maintains a 3.6 GPA.

• Keswick Christian School – instrumental finalist, junior Mark Trotter, 16, maintains a 4.6 GPA.

• Lake Region High School – dance finalist, junior Sydney Stanton, 16, maintains a 3.4 GPA.

• Lakewood High School – jazz finalist, senior Anthony Stagnitta, 17, maintains a 3.65 GPA.

• Palm Harbor University High School – vocal finalist, junior Kylie Couture, 16, maintains a 3.4 GPA.

• Pinellas County Center for the Arts – vocal finalist, senior Shelby Carmichael, 17, maintains a 4.2 GPA.

• Seminole High School – instrumental finalist, junior Emmeline MacMillian, 16, maintains a 4.27 GPA.

• Steinbrenner High School – dance finalist, junior Caroline Meisner, 17, maintains a 4.7 GPA.

• Tampa Preparatory School – vocal finalist, senior, Esther Schneider, 18, maintains a 3.8 GPA.

• Tarpon Springs High School – jazz finalist, senior Cole Hazlett, 17, maintains a 3.9 GPA.

Guests will enjoy a live final round of high school students competing for first place scholarships in dance, drama, vocal, jazz and instrumental classical. These scholarship award participants are current students at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall or members of the Pinellas Youth Symphony, a resident program of the Hoffman School of the Arts.

Guests also will have opportunities for prize drawings and a chance to select the Fan Favorite in the competition. First prize scholarship recipients will receive $3,000. More than $23,500 in total prizes will be awarded.

Event proceeds will benefit the Youth Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Programs offered at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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