rudy_perez_2_web.jpgSome of the top student singers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools will compete in the Superintendent’s Benefit Concert Series at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Knight Concert Hall of The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

The concert titled Best Voice? Your Choice! will showcase 12 of the school district’s most gifted student singers who will compete for audience votes.

The winning student will receive a scholarship valued at $5,000, a recording session at the Hit Factory studios and breakfast with music producer and composer Rudy Perez.

The winner’s school will also get $5,000 for its arts program and an interactive classroom technology package.

Proceeds from this talent contest will benefit public education programs.

The contestants are Henry Cedeño, New World School of the Arts; Janelly Perez, Coral Gables High; Christine Engelmann, Miami Springs High; Samuel Collie, Miami Northwestern High; Andy Acosta, School for Advanced Studies – North.

Also, Jazmin Lightbourn, Miami Carol City High; Giselle Martinez, Barbara Goleman High; Carmen Danger, Hialeah Gardens High; Candice Dawson, Coral Reef High; Nicole Bequer, South Dade High; Amanda Orihuela, Robert Morgan Educational Center; and Zachary Lopez, Felix Varela High.

Through the school district’s Foundation for New Education Initiatives, the Superintendent’s Benefit Concert Series supports the district’s Cultural Passport Program that provides K-12 students with a different cultural field experience each school year.  By the time a student graduates from high school, he or she will have visited museums and art galleries and experienced live musical, theatrical, and dance performances.

Concert sponsors are The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, eInstruction, Herff Jones, The Hit Factory/Criteria Miami, MCM-Munilla Family Foundation, Pearson and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling the Arsht Center Box Office, 305-949-6722, or online,


Pictured:  Rudy Perez