No Prom Tonight, But Carbonells Tap Scholarship Winners

The Carbonell Awards 44th annual gala was slated for Monday – and a future date has not been announced – but the organization announced the winners of its 2020 Jack Zink Memorial Student Scholarships.

The selection of recipients is based on talent, experience and demonstrated commitment to the theater, with one winner from each of the three area counties. A total of $6,000 in scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA and are intending to enroll in college to pursue a degree in theater or journalism.

This year’s recipients are:

Skye Alyssa Friedman – Palm Beach County, $3,000 scholarship

A homeschooled senior from Jupiter, Skye Friedman has been performing since the age of five. She studies acting, dance and voice at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, Paris Ballet & Dance, and Craig Wich Voice Studios. She made her Broadway debut in Annie in 2013, and has appeared in professional productions of The Audience, Billy Elliot, The Music Man and The Sound of Music at the Maltz, as well as COPA student productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, West Side Story, Cats, and Anything Goes. A member of Actors’ Equity, her TV credits include Nickelodeon’s I Am Frankie, Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, as well as assorted commercials. Friedman is a member of the Maltz Youth Touring Company, a Kretzer Kid, and was a Broward Center for the Performing Arts Teen Ambassador for two years.

Jeremy Fuentes – Broward County, $1,000 scholarship

A graduating senior from Hallandale High School, Jeremy combines his passion for performing with a strong commitment to community service by appearing in various productions that shed light onto social injustices and bring the stories of underrepresented communities to life. He has won many accolades in both his academics and theatrical competitions, and is determined to pursue a BFA in acting, where he will be the first person in his family to go to college.

Amaris Rios – Miami-Dade County, $2,000 scholarship

Since she was 14 years old, Amaris Rios has dedicated herself to musical theater training in Boston, New York City and Miami. She has performed in 14 productions in Miami Country Day School’s award-winning theater program, as well as the Muse Center for the Arts and the John Davies Theatre Center for the Arts. Amaris has performed with the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and received Superior Honor ratings three years in a row at the Florida State Thespian Conference. A skilled musician who produces original music and cover songs, Rios also is an artistic social entrepreneur who reinvented her garage space into a black box where other artistic youth: musicians, poets, actors, can perform their original content once a month. As a proud musical theater major, she intends to use her talents for increased minority representation on the stage.

The scholarship is named for Jack Zink who was a major voice in South Florida entertainment coverage for more than three decades. During his long career, he was entertainment editor, columnist, critic and reporter at each of South Florida’s major newspapers — The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post & Evening Times and The Fort Lauderdale News. Zink, who died in 2008, was the founder and a past president of the Carbonell Awards, a past president of the American Theatre Critics Association, and during his lifetime was a recipient of both the Sun-Sentinel newspaper’s highest honor, The Fred Pettijohn Award, given annually to the publication’s top reporters, and South Florida’s George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

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