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Butler County students clean up at Henry Mancini Awards

May 19, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Butler County musical theater students received top honors in the 2019 Henry Mancini Awards.

The Mancini Awards, which recognize outstanding performances by students in Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties, were celebrated on Sunday night at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Beaver County.

Receiving the award for Best Actor was Brecken Farrell, who played Curly in Knoch High School's spring musical, “Oklahoma.”

Mia Manuppelli was awarded the Best Actress trophy for her portrayal of Belle in Mars High School's spring musical, “Disney's Beauty and the Beast.”

Knoch High School took the awards for Best Musical in their budget category as well as overall Best Ensemble and Best Student Orchestra.

The Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Rachael Waldron for her portrayal of Paulette Buonufonte in Freeport High School's spring musical “Legally Blonde.”

Slippery Rock High School took home Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design in their budget category for their production of “Mary Poppins.”

Mars High School also won Best Lighting Design in their budget category for “Disney's Beauty and the Beast.”

Brecken and Mia also received $1,000 Phil Inman Scholarships. The scholarships — given at the Mancini Awards ceremony for the first time on Sunday night — are named for a longtime music teacher and director at Rochester High School in Beaver County.

Read Monday's Butler Eagle for more.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.