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Carey Senior Named National Finalist in Jimmy Awards

Phoebe Velez, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School, was recently named one of 10 national finalists for the Student Reporter Search sponsored by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards.

Prior to being named a national finalist, Velez won the Student Reporter Search on the local level on behalf of the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, which covers New York City, Long Island, and Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties. She was nominated for the local search by Carey music teacher and Musical Society director/choreographer Mr. Gregory Krajci for her outstanding work in promoting the school’s musical production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Velez spearheaded public relations for Carey Theatre and works with a team of students committed to promoting all school productions through advertisement and behind-the-scenes interviews with members of the cast and crew on several social media platforms. You can view the work of HFC Theatre Public Relations on Facebook (@hfctheatre), Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter (@hfc_theatre).

Velez created a submission video outlining how she would cover the Jimmy Awards in her own way and how she could provide a unique insight into the awards from her experiences as both an actor and media specialist. As the winner of the search for the Roger Rees Awards, Velez will co-host the pre-show and interview the competing actors on Facebook Live on May 19 at Pearl Studios in New York City. Additionally, the team at the Roger Rees Awards has awarded her a five-day career insight opportunity with a major theatrical media company in New York City this summer.

The 10 national finalists have had their submission videos uploaded to the Jimmy Awards Facebook page for viewing from May 2-30. The top two students with the most views and shares will be named the winners and will be given the opportunity to report on the national Jimmy Awards on June 25 at the Minskoff Theatre in Manhattan. Anyone can help Velez’s chances of winning by visiting “The Jimmy Awards” on Facebook and viewing/sharing her submission video. There are several components to determining the winner, one of which includes watching the entire three-minute video. The two national finalists will be announced on or around June 1.

Carey High School is very proud of Phoebe and her achievements in and out of Carey Theatre. In September, she will be attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she plans on majoring in public relations and minoring in theater. The student actors who were nominated for the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in High School Theatre for their performance in Carey’s production “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will be announced on May 14.