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Young performers light up the night

Michael R. Malone The Children’s Trust | 5/15/2014, 9 a.m.
Somewhere in the middle of his performance, as his fingers were zipping over the saxophone keys, Abdias Armenteros heard the ...
Abdias Armenteros won top prize for Individual Musical Instrument

“Every year the talent gets better and better, and the dreams get bigger and bigger for this competition,” said Charles M. Auslander, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust, adding that “The Trust is dedicated to helping to encourage the dreams of the children of Miami-Dade County.”

Individual first-place winners in each category received $200. Ysabella Reyes, a 10-year-old who studies dance at Dance Hall won for Individual Dance performance.

In addition to Armenteros, winner for Individual Musical Instrument, Javmar Perez-Contreras, a 14-year-old pianist who attends Pinecrest Preparatory Middle High School, took top prize for Individual Original Competition.  

Carolina Rivero, an 8th-grader at St. Thomas the Apostle, won Individual Vocal Pop/Rock/Rap.  Amanda Gonzalez-Piloto, a freshman vocalist at the New World School of the Arts won for Individual Vocal Theatre/Jazz/Classical.

In Bands competition, One Love, comprised five young musicians – Carina Ubinas, 15, Joshua Paulus-Rosenow, 15, Carlos Ubinas, 14, Michael Ubinas, 11, and Gabriela Ubinas, 9 –  took top prize. Each musician received $50. In Group Dance, Monica Delgado, an 8th grader at Coral Way K-8, and Anne Wright, an 8th grader at Westminister Christian School, won top honors and $100 each. Imani Coker, 16, and Naya Schere, 17, won top honors for Group Musical Instrument for their viola duet. Both are musicians in Coral Reef Senior High’s Orchestra Magnet. The two also received $100 each.