Six local high school performers were named Spotlight Awards winners Tuesday night at the Music Center. The winners were named by a panel of judges after competing in a live show hosted by actor Gregory Harrison. At stake was $45,000 in scholarships.
Performing in fields ranging from jazz/modern dance to classical instrumental, 12 finalists, chosen from a field of 400, performed before an audience of 3,000 in the fourth annual Music Center Spotlight Awards, a competition for local high school performers.
Winners took home $5,000 in scholarships. Runners-up got $2,500.
Winners included 16-year-old Linda Martinez, a junior at California High School in Whittier, in the jazz instrumental category; Amy Janel Carter, 17, a senior of La Canada High School, for ballet; Adrienne Stiefel, 14, a freshman at Mission Viejo High School, in pop/musical theater vocal; Gregory Jefferson, 15, a freshman at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, in classical instrumental; Jeff Daurey, 17, a senior at Van Nuys High School, in jazz/modern dance; and Joshua Lee, 17, a senior at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, in opera.
The young performers, accompanied by the Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, were judged by a panel of 17 professionals.