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2016 National Songwriting Challenge Photos

National Songwriting Challenge Award Ceremony
July 24, 2016

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Young man in a studio sitting playing guitar

Angel Rodriguez from Puget Sound Adventist Academy High School in Seattle, Washington, performs his song "Bleeding" during a songwriting workshop in New York City. Rodriguez was named the National Champion in the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. Photo by Paulette Beete/NEA
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Two young men and one young woman and an adult woman pose for a group photo. The young people are holding their award certificates

From Left: Chelsea Mayo (Runner Up), Jake Berglove (Runner Up), Angel Rodriguez (National Champion) and NEA Chairman Jane Chu pose for a picture during the final competition for The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. Photo by Judith Kargbo/NEA
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Two young men on either side of a young woman pose for a group photo

From Left: Jake Berglove (Runner Up) from Perpich Arts High School, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, Chelsea Mayo (Runner Up) from R.L Turner High School in Dallas County, Texas and Angel Rodriguez (National Champion) from Puget Sound Adventist Academy High School in Seattle, Washington participated in The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. Photo by Joseph Marzullo for Playbill.
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Older man with his arm around the shoulders of a young man posing for a portrait

Angel Rodriguez, National Champion of the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students meets with one of the judges, Norm Lewis, a Tony Award Nominated Actor apart of ABC’s hit show "Scandal." Photo by Joseph Marzullo for Playbill
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Two young men and a young woman pose with two older women and older man

Finalists in The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students pose with their mentors during the final competition. From the left: Shakina Nayfack, Artistic Director of the Musical Theatre Factory (Mentor); Jake Berglove, Finalist, (Runner Up); Anna K. Jacobs, Composer/Lyricist, (Mentor); Chelsea Mayo, Finalist (Runner Up); Angel Rodriguez, Finalist, (National Champion); César Alvarez, Composer/Lyricist (Mentor). Photo by Joseph Marzullo for Playbill
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Two young men and a young woman pose with an older woman for a group portrait

Jake Berglove (Runner Up), Chelsea Mayo (Runner Up), Angel Rodriguez (National Champion) and NEA Chairman Jane Chu pose for a picture during the final competition for The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. Photo by Joseph Marzullo for Playbill
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