Event Info

Watch A Rising Star

February 10, 2018

What is Watch A Rising Star?

For the past fifteen years, students from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Hendry Counties have participated in Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast’s Watch a Rising Star. What is Watch a Rising Star? It is a vocal competition for High School Seniors who plan on furthering their education at a College or University after high School graduation. A pool of five (5) finalists were selected from the auditions. The finalists competed in a dynamic vocal competition, which was held on March 25, 2017 for scholarship money to be used at the college of their choice.

In the months leading up to the event, the finalists received vocal and performance coaching from veteran Broadway performers, Jackie Bayne Gillman and Jason Gillman. The students had the opportunity to showcase their talent and market the Watch a Rising Star event by performing at several venues throughout the community prior to the final March event. After months of coaching and practicing, the finalists performed at the Kravis Center for a crowd of over 250 guests. Winners were selected that evening esteemed judges. In 2016-2017 season, five seniors competed for a total of $11,000 in scholarship money during the event.

Our honorees this year were business leader and Florida Commission of Women Chair, Patti Hamilton and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith’s managing partner, Gary Lesser.

Congratulations to our 2017 JA's Watch A Rising Star winner, ARROW ZURSCHMIEDE! We wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors!

For questions please contact

Claudia Kirk Barto