Last updated: July 12. 2014 7:39AM - 2106 Views
By Rachel McAuley

Jai'Len Josey
Jai'Len Josey
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NEW YORK CITY — The coveted Jimmy Award for “Best Performance by an Actress” was awarded to 15-year-old Jai’Len Josey, a student of Tri-Cities High School in Atlanta, Ga.

Josey is the granddaughter of Ina Mae Hines-Josey, of Atlanta but formerly of Laurinburg and the grand-niece of Christine Hines, Theola Hines-Oates and John Hines, all of Laurinburg.

On April 17 Josey qualified to compete at nationals by winning the Georgia High School Musical Theater award for best leading actress for her portrayal of Effie Melody White in her school’s production of “Dreamgirls.” Over 60,000 students representing 28 states participated in the annual event. Josey was among 56 nominees selected to go to New York for a rigorous five-day theatrical boot-camp-style training, complete with specialized coaching from professionals in the industry.

On June 30 the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) awarded Josey with the Jimmy Awards at Broadway’s Minskoff Theater in NYC. Josey walked away with a $10,000 scholarship to further her education.

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