Spotlight on Talent marks 37th year

While television talent competition shows, such as “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” draw massive audiences — a local event has those national programs beat in terms of staying power. This will be the 37th year that Spotlight on Talent has invited young people with assorted talents to show off their skills at a regional competition. Besides communities … [Read more...]

Deadline approaching for Spotlight on Talent entries

Young performers who are looking for an audience can audition for a chance to show off their singing and dancing skills in this year’s 36th annual “Spotlight on Talent.” Winners of this talent show don’t walk away with giant cash prizes, but the regional competition does award $4,000 in cash prizes and trophies in several age categories, according to a news release from the Heritage Arts Center … [Read more...]

Mr. Bolt was a true ‘staple’ at Wesley Chapel Elementary

Wesley Chapel Elementary School held an open house on March 16 to celebrate the life of Dan Bolt, a 44-year-old behavioral specialist who died suddenly on March 12. Mr. Bolt, as he was known at the elementary school, joined its staff in 2003 as a music teacher. He remained in that role until this school year, when he became a behavioral specialist. Wesley Chapel Elementary Principal Stan … [Read more...]

Regional talent show lets area youths take center stage

The 35th annual “Spotlight on Talent” will showcase a multitude of talents by area contestants. Two shows will give students a chance to shine, and offer the audience the opportunity to be entertained by accomplished young singers, dancers and musicians. More than 170 students, making up 90 acts, auditioned during a 12-hour day for the producers — for the opportunity to be named a finalist. … [Read more...]

These graduates have taken a different path to success

One plans to help build ships. Another wants to work in child care. Two others plan health care careers. And, that’s just four of the more than 50 graduates who received their diplomas during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Jan. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. Some had completed their GEDs. Others had finished the cosmetology program or Early Childhood … [Read more...]

Pasco students share their special talents

The ovations and cheers seemed endless. The smiles, too. Special needs students from four Pasco County schools shared their unique skills on Oct. 20 before more than 100 parents, peers, school faculty and community members. The ninth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent was in the auditorium at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. The event allows all of the special needs … [Read more...]

Strong opinions continue to surface on health care reform

It wasn’t an overflow crowd for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ third listening session, but there were plenty of people with strong opinions on the issue of health care reform. There were also more people in this crowd who spoke in favor of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than did at the previous session that Bilirakis had in New Port Richey. Opinions … [Read more...]

Principal provides an overview for high school students, parents

As future high school parents and students arrived at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, they were greeted by upbeat music and a slideshow featuring progress made so far on Cypress Creek Middle High School. Parents and students had plenty of questions, and Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles, who hosted the evening session on Feb. 15, was ready. Before fielding the questions, though, … [Read more...]

Area talent show gives youth a time to shine

Long before “America’s Got Talent” began attracting the nation’s attention, a local talent show began offering youths a chance to take center stage. And, efforts are now gearing up for this year’s 34th annual “Spotlight on Talent” competition. Winners of this talent show won’t walk away with a million-dollar prize or a show in Las Vegas, but they won’t walk away empty-handed, … [Read more...]