Romanza awards scholarships to performing arts students Megan Murphy and Jimi Hutchings

Megan Murphy

Megan Murphy

St. Augustine, FL — Two $500 scholarships were awarded to graduating St. Augustine High School seniors, Megan Murphy and Jimi Hutchings, on May 27 by Romanza President Albert Syeles.

Murphy is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Central Florida. At the St. Johns County Center of the Arts at St. Augustine High School, she was active in the women’s chorus, drama, lacrosse and musical theater. She also was a member of the Florida Vocal Association and the International Thespian Society.

Murphy also was an intern for the Summer Musical TheatreCamp in 2013 with Curtis Powell. She was seen on stage in Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Children’s Hour and Shrek.

Hutchings is majoring in music at the University of Florida. At the St. Johns County Center of the Arts at St. Augustine High School, he was active in chorus, performing in 2013 in the All-State Chorus and performed in the Disney Candlelight Chorus from ninth through 11th grade. He was awarded “outstanding performer” as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, and as Harold Bride in the Titanic.

Hutchings also participated in Varsity Swimming during his four years in high school. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Young Republicans, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program, and many others.

Jimi Hutchings

Jimi Hutchings

The winners were chosen from among the applications received this year for the 2014 Romanza Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating high school senior of exemplary character who plans to pursue post-secondary education in the performing arts. This is the second year the scholarship was awarded.

Romanza St. Augustine is a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts and cultural events in St. Augustine and St. Johns County. The organization holds the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival each year, in addition to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Romanza Festivale, a 10-day event that brings together arts organizations for a wide variety of performances.

The group’s mission is to promote new opportunities for the arts by embracing the beauty, heritage and creative energy of the area. For more information, go to

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