South Florida – May 12, 2023 Gary Schweikhart, board president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theatre & Arts Honors, today announced the three young winners of the 2023 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.
“The Jack Zink Memorial 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. Each of the three winners will receive $2,000 when they have enrolled in college,” said Javier Siut, a member of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, who co-chairs the Carbonell’s Scholarship Committee along with longtime Carbonell Judge Nancy Cohen.
Diane Danyang Li – Broward County
A senior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Diane Danyang Li has been studying music since she was 5, when her mother discovered her interpreting Katy Perry. After taking classes in vocal, piano, violin, and dance (ballet and jazz), she started performing in shows at school and at Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theatre (Into the Woods, Addams Family, Shrek the Musical). “I dream of becoming a luminary for other aspiring Asian actors by originating new musical stories that tell of the Asian American experience… for future generations of minority actors,” she writes. Diane’s college application has already been accepted at Northwestern University and Florida State.
Emily Moreland – Palm Beach County
A 4.0 student at Florida Atlantic University High School, Emily Moreland began performing professionally at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Annie, Through the Looking Glass, Jersey Boys, Gypsy), starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the Lake Worth Playhouse, was in the national touring company of Annie, and was recently named a finalist in spoken and musical theater in the national YoungArts competition. “Being able to bring my passion for theater into the classroom and using it as a space to take risks and become a more human and truthful performer is something that I cherish and hope to continue for the rest of my life as an artist,” she writes. Emily’s college application has already been accepted at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Penn State University, and the University of Oklahoma.
Addison Doris Stone – Miami-Dade County
With experience in both performance and production designer, Addison Doris Stone attends Coral Reef Senior High School in Palmetto Bay. After roles with Area Stage Company (Aladdin, Fiddler on the Roof, Mary Poppins, Newsies), she expanded her theatrical participation to playwriting, producing, props, and design—sometimes working both on-stage and back-stage for the same shows (The Importance of Being Earnest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), she won a Thespians award for scenic design for Animal Farm, and founded Singin’ for Smiles, an outreach program for senior citizens. Addison looks forward to continuing her theatrical training this fall at the University of Michigan.