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Boca, Delray students place at global dance competition

Two senior dance students at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts placed in the Youth Grand Prix 2018 recently held in Tampa.

Dylan Amsterdam of Delray Beach placed 3rd in the Classical Category and 3rd in the Contemporary Category. Amsterdam was asked to perform in the gala event where dancers from New York City Ballet, Ballet West, Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada also performed.

Evan Gorbell of Boca Raton placed 2nd in the Contemporary Category for men. Evan also received automatic acceptance into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance. It fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, mater classes, alumni services, education and outreach activities performances and films.

Their mission statement is to support and develop world-class dancers, ages 9 – 19, of all economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions, performance and education opportunities and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dance companies, dancer and audiences.

Superintendent submits resignation

After nearly three years on the job, a raise on the way and lots of praise Palm Beach County Schools superintendent Robert Avossa tenured his resignation to his bosses, the school board.

The letter states he plans to leave on June 12. He has accepted a job with LRP Publications as senior vice president and publisher of education products. The company is based in Palm Beach Gardens.

The letter states the new opportunity will allow him to spend more time with his family.

Avossa made $325,000 a year as superintendent and is poised for a raise after receiving a glowing review in December.

Boca student finalist for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Colin Wanless, 14, of Boca Raton, an eighth-grader at Pine Crest Middle School, was selected as a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The program honors students with medallions, $1,000 and a trip to the nation’s capital for their volunteer efforts. As a finalist, he will receive an engraved bronze medallion.

He was recognized for his volunteer efforts with a Miami-based hunger-fighting foundation since 2009. He started a Boca Raton-area chapter in 2015 to expand the organization’s efforts to his region. Colin, whose efforts have helped to raise more than $10,000 for fighting hunger and fed more than 13,000 people, recruited 25 local youth to join the board he leads for the Joshua’s Heart Foundation.