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The Best Local Drama Teacher Award ballot is open

As part of the Ben Vereen Awards, SDCCU is sending the winning teacher to the 2014 Jimmy Awards in New York

5/20/2014 12:00 a.m.

SDCCU, San Diego’s largest locally owned financial institution, is asking the community to nominate and vote for the Best Local Drama Teacher. The Best Local Drama Teacher Award is part of the Ben Vereen Awards, a two-part local competition for high school students who are talented in musical theater, including vocal, dance and acting performance. The winning teacher will receive a trip for two to New York to attend the 2014 Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

“The Best Local Drama Teacher Award provides an opportunity to recognize the talented and hardworking drama/theatre teachers in San Diego County,” said President and CEO of SDCCU Teresa Halleck. “The high school musical theatre students competing in the Ben Vereen Awards could never reach their full potential without the invaluable instruction and direction brought to them by their talented and hardworking teachers.”
Students, parents, family members and friends can nominate and vote for a deserving drama/theatre teacher who has made a positive difference in their life, the life of a child or in the community. To nominate and vote, visit and select the “Best Local Drama Teacher” tab. Once a teacher is nominated, the voting begins! Voters can return to the page daily through May 31, 2014. Nominations and voting will close on May 31, 2014 at midnight. The Best Local Drama Teacher Award will be presented at the 2014 Ben Vereen Awards on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. For the complete entry rules, visit
The 2014 Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored by SDCCU and held in collaboration with Broadway/San Diego, is a unique scholarship opportunity for talented high school students who have chosen to pursue a career in musical theatre. Although this is the first year that Broadway/San Diego is producing the competition locally, it is the local branch of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards which has been in existence since 2009. Both the local and national competitions are programs of the Nederlander Organization.
Candidates for Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Actress, will be selected from onsite adjudications of high school musicals at their home venues during the spring semester of the 2014 school year. These nominees will compete at the Ben Vereen Awards San Diego Competition which will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Spreckels Theatre. At the Ben Vereen Awards Southwest Region Competition, which will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014 also at the Spreckels Theatre, finalists from the San Diego Competition will be joined by finalists from Arizona. The top Best Actor nominee and the top Best Actress nominee selected at the Southwest Competition, will move on to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City, for a chance to compete for a $10,000 prize toward a college scholarship. To get half price tickets to the Ben Vereen Awards competitions in San Diego, visit   
San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $6.4 billion, over 266,000 customers, more than 30 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today’s lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. SDCCU is leading the way, offering FREE Checking with eStatements, SDCCU Mobile Deposit, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA and an equal housing lender. For more information, visit

San Diego County Credit Union fue fundada sobre las bases de que el bienestar de nuestros miembros viene primero y en segundo lugar, las ganancias. Esta manera innovadora de pensar en la industria bancaria ha impulsado a SDCCU para convertirse en la MEJOR cooperativa de ahorro y crédito de San Diego y la mayor institución financiera de propiedad local. SDCCU proporciona productos de banca personal y empresarial novedosos que satisfacen las demandas propias del estilo de vida actual y ofrecen servicios bancarios que ahorran dinero a sus clientes. SDCCU ofrece a sus miembros la facilidad de retirar dinero en efectivo sin cargos en más de 30,000 cajeros automáticos de la red CO-OP en todo el país, banca móvil y 38 sucursales en los condados de San Diego, Riverside y Orange. Abra hoy mismo una cuenta por Internet o en una sucursal.
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