Winners Amina Faye and Josh Strobl accept their awards.
Winners Amina Faye and Josh Strobl accept their awards.
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Theater teachers Brendan Jennings and Larry Robinson will receive the inaugural Inspiring Teacher Award from the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, better known as the Jimmys.

Jennings, of John Burroughs High School, Burbank, California, and Robinson, of Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Monroe, North Carolina, are honored for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the 2016 Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor.

Those awards were presented to Amina Faye, a student of Robinson's, and Josh Strobl, a pupil of Jennings'.

Student performers qualify as nominees at the Jimmy Awards by winning top honors at regional high school musical theater awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. The 2017 Jimmy Awards nominees will prepare for their debut on a Broadway stage during a 10-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio with Broadway faculty members plus other theater professionals. Winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts.