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High school stars shine at Rising Stars event in Durham

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English Bernhardt of Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh and Matthew Washington of Athens Drive won best actress and best actor in the Triangle Rising Star Awards at the Durham Performing Arts Center June 2.

Bernhardt won for “Meet Me in St. Louis” and Washington for “Footloose.” They win scholarships and head to New York City to compete on a Broadway stage in the National High School Musical Theater Awards

West Johnston won Best Musical for “The Wizard of Oz” and Enloe won Best Ensemble for “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Washington called the day “the experience of a lifetime.” And Bernhardt said, “It has been my dream to perform on a Broadway stage and this incredible program is making that possible.”

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