Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Wellness Through the Arts Student Essay/Video Contest (WTA)!


Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, please allow me to express our deepest gratitude to those of you who took the time and effort to submit entries to the 2017 Wellness Through the Art Student Essay/Video Contest (WTA). We had an overwhelming response this year. We received more than 90 submissions, which is more than twice the number of submissions received during last year’s competition. The competition was fierce with excellent work and heartfelt stories submitted by young writers and film makers from many schools all over San Diego County. Without further ado, here is the list of our Winning Top 5 Individual Entries and our Winning Top 1 School Group Video Project!


And the Winners Are…

Name Age Grade Name of School
Brooke Eyler 15 10 Rancho Buena Vista High School
Kiana Gomes 11 5 Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary
Marco Manzo 17 11 San Diego High School
Karla Miranda Torres 17 12 New Dawn
Sacred Swindell 16 11 SCPA
School Group Video Title
Chula Vista High School My Best Day



Again, thank you to all of those who entered. We hope to see you participate again next year. The winners will be contacted individually with details about the Ben Vereen Awards on Sunday, May 28, 2017. The winners will be honored at the event with the presentation of the prize checks in the amount of $500 to the Winning Individual Submissions and $1,000 to the Winning School Group Video Project. In addition, selected text from the winning essays will be incorporated into a brand new musical theatre production number which will be presented live on stage that evening. Come and see your words come alive!


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions, or if you should require any additional information. Thank you for being a part of the 2017 Wellness Through the Arts Student Essay/Video Contest (WTA)!


Best Regards,

Rick Hernandez


Rick Hernandez

Program Manager

Ben Vereen Awards
Broadway/San Diego-Nederlander

3666 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103

phone: 619.564.3060 |  fax: 619.564.3083


The 2017 Wellness Through the Arts Student Essay/Video Competition is Complete. The documents below will remain posted for reference purposes only. We look forward to your participation in next year’s contest!

For Complete Details, Rules and Entry Form click here.

Entry Form:

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 Talent Release Form:

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