Kravis Center Names Lebow Award Winners

Sophia Madden, high school student from Royal Palm Beach. Photo courtesy of Mary Stucchi

Celebrating its 12th year of honoring local high school students with Title 1 for excellence in Shakespearean performance, the Lebow Awards were presented on January 22, where participating students and teachers also attended Shakespeare’s Macbeth Night. Cash prizes totaling $5,000 were awarded to six Palm Beach County students from two area high schools following a selection process.

“This Kravis Center award is a fitting tribute to Alan Lebow, a man whose passion in life involved theater, film, art and literature,” said Tracy Butler, director of education at Kravis Center. . “We are pleased to honor the achievements of the 2022 Lebow Prize winners, as well as the commitment of their teachers. The students all gave outstanding performances, and this program would not have been possible without the support of the Lebow Family’s Kids’ Dreams Inc. Foundation.

Sponsored by Kids’ Dreams Inc., in memory of its co-founder Alan Lebow, the Kravis Center awards program engages students from Title I high schools and offers them the opportunity to perform short selections of works by William Shakespeare before a panel of distinguished judges. In 2015, Kids’ Dreams donated to the Kravis Center to permanently endow the Lebow Award.

Student judging took place on December 11, during which participants performed their selected works and were evaluated and scored by three judges in five performance categories: Focus, Emotional Engagement, Energy, Evidence of Understanding, and Overall Performance .

The Lebow Prize judges included Desmond Gallant, Courtney Poston and Karen Stephens.

The two main winners were Forest Hill High School seniors Madison McCalla, a Kravis Center DeGeorge Academy alumnus, and Curran Stinchcomb. Each won a prize of $1,000. Diani Galarza-Alvarez and Katelyn Daunais, both seniors at Forest Hill High School; Sophia Madden, a student at Royal Palm Beach High School; and Anne-Marie Gousse, a junior from Forest Hill High School, received $750 as honorable mentions.

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