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West Orange Times & Observer Monday, May 10, 2021 8 months ago

West Orange-area students among OCPS Top Talent winners

Students from Gotha Middle, Dr. Phillips High, Olympia High and West Orange High took home awards.
by: Danielle Hendrix Former Associate Editor

Of Orange County Public Schools’ 13 Top Talent showcase winners, five students represent West Orange-area schools.

Hosted by the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, the showcase gave the spotlight student performers and artists in a virtual “live” setting on Friday, May 7.

Viewers could vote for their favorite contestants throughout the show. At the end of the show, the contestant with the most votes in the performer category and the artist category was announced as the Fan Favorite. 

Each vote cost $1, and proceeds went toward arts enrichment for students experiencing poverty and homelessness across the country. Additionally, the first 5,000 Fan Favorite votes were matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.

The West Orange-area winners are:

  • Alexandra DiCastro, West Orange High — Second place, modern dance
  • Ashley Trickett, Gotha Middle — Third place
  • Hana Checketts, Olympia High — First place
  • Shannon Song, West Orange High — Second place
  • Beatriz Fonseca, Dr. Phillips High — Third place

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Danielle Hendrix was an associate editor for the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and


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