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The Santa Cruz Actors’ Theater Young Playwright Festival recently honored 10 local high school students. The student scripts will be offered in various productions over the coming months.
The winners include:
• “Ocean Disaster” by Julien Jacklin and “Mother & Daughter” by Lila-Rose Roberts, both from Georgiana Bruce Kirby School, as well as “Together at Last”, by Stella Pfefferkonn from San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy, will have their plays premiered at the Actors’ Theater Radio Hour on KSQD (90.7 FM) at 9 p.m. on June 20.
• Six young playwrights will see their works presented on Zoom Forward, on June 25 at 5 pm, a production produced in partnership with the Santa Cruz Bookstore and the literary magazine Phren-Z. The pieces are: “The Dog Days of Summer,” by Ryan Holderup, Georgiana Bruce Kirby School; “Internal Thoughts – My Craft”, by Meghan Kearney and Brigette Vance, both from Soquel High School, and “Imperfect” by Acacia Neuburger, Emma Power-Perkins and Adessa Lewis, all from San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy,
• The final winner, “Gone”, by Davey Ouse of Soquel High School, will be presented as part of the “8 Tens @ Eight Short Play Festival” in January 2022.
Alexandra Gaon of Aptos High School and Max Walters of Soquel High School were named Fellows of the Year by the Central Coast Section of the Santa Cruz County Athletic League.
Gaon and Walters both have a long list of academic and athletic accomplishments.
In addition to being a senior vice president at Aptos, Gaon played four years of varsity water polo for the Mariners and one year of track and field. She is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation and an AP Scholar. Gaon also showcased his skills in class with a GPA of 4.31. She plans to specialize in child development at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Walters got four letters in basketball and three in volleyball for the Knights. He also played tennis for a year. His activities include Red Cross Club, Link Crew Leader, volunteer youth basketball coach, first year volleyball of the year. Walters plans to major in business economics and accounting at Chico State after posting a 4.27 GPA at Soquel.
Christie Vick takes third place
Christie Vick, a sophomore at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School in Santa Cruz, took third place in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 20th Congressional District, the office of Representative Jimmy Panetta said.
Vick’s art, titled “Pollution Trash,” will be on display in Panetta’s office in Santa Cruz.
The winning entry, “Another Generation” was submitted by Sophia Lamarque, a student at Santa Catalina High School in Monterey. His work will be on display at the United States Capitol for a year.
The second place, “Ellis of Monterey” was submitted by Hayley Armstrong, an elder at Carmel High School. Armstrong’s piece will be on display in Panetta’s Washington office.
Honorable mentions include:
• Carmen Diaz, Harbor High School: “Mask and Dream of Glass”.
• Caty Taylor, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School: “Trapped”.
• Jennifer Hirsch, San Benito High School: “Lotus and Dawn.
• Grace Peavey, Carmel High School: “Self-portrait”.
• Tylor Mehringer, Santa Catalina School: “Lost in the Flowers”.
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