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Veronica Ballejos of Cosumnes Oaks High School headed to the Jimmy Awards in New York City

ELK GROVE, Calif. – May 22, 2018 – Senior Veronica Ballejos represented Cosumnes Oaks High School and the Elk Grove Unified School District at the Rita Moreno Awards and won Best Actress and an opportunity to compete at The Jimmys National High School Theatre Awards. On May 1st, it was announced that she was nominated for Best Actress by the Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors for her role as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. On the morning of the 21st, Veronica auditioned for a panel of Broadway professionals. That evening, she performed an excerpt of the song “Gimmie Gimmie” from Thoroughly Modern Millie in a medley with the five other nominees in her category. Immediately following the performance, it was announced that Veronica was the winner, and she would spend 10 days in New York City training with professionals with the Jimmy Awards as the culminating event.

Veronica “Vero” Ballejos has been a resident artist with WPA for the past four years. Her theatrical credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), Hairspray (Judine), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie). She is also a four year member of the WPA Vocal Music Program, and she will graduate from the VAPA Pathway as a vocal music major. Vero is attending Sac City with plans to transfer into the theater program at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.

This was the first time that Wolfpack Performing Arts participated in the Rita Moreno Awards.

About Wolfpack Performing Arts

Wolfpack Performing Arts (WPA) is an award winning company of Cosumnes Oaks High School and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School. Each year, the company produces four instrumental and vocal concert series, a mainstage dance production (HYPE Dance Co), and four mainstage theatrical productions each year. Their company strives to provide students with a professional experience in the performing arts. To achieve this goal, WPA employs professional teaching artists who serve as directors, choreographers, and musicians during their musical season. Their company is one of the few companies in the region that continue to perform musicals with a full, live orchestra of 25+ members.

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Eventbrite.

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