Lauren A. Marchand took the top prize at the 14th Annual Jimmy Awards in June.

Marchand represented The Greater New York Area and The Roger Rees Awards at the annual event which celebrates the most talented teenagers from across the country. She was selected out of 96 finalists and received a check for $25,000 to further her education.

“Like many theater kids, I have been watching videos of the Jimmy Awards since I was ten, and it is amazing to finally become a part of it,” Marchand said. “Life is such a beautiful thing, and hard work pays off.” 

Marchand plans to attend NYU Steinhardt this fall, majoring in Vocal Performance in Musical Theater.