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MPS student musician nominated for WAMI Rising Star award

Yalimar Borges is one of seven "Rising Star" nominees for this year's 35th Annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards.

By - Apr 13th, 2015 04:04 am
Yalimar Borges. Photo courtesy of MPS.

Yalimar Borges. Photo courtesy of MPS.

MILWAUKEE (April 6, 2015) – Yalimar Borges, a student at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Hayes Bilingual School, is one of seven “Rising Star” nominees for this year’s 35th Annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards.

Last year, Borges was one of only a few MPS students selected to perform in the annual WAMI Youth Showcase of talent at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

The WAMI Awards Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee. Awards will be presented to musicians and industry professionals in 34 categories.

Nominees are selected based on voting by the WAMI membership, made up of music industry professionals from around the state.

Since appearing at Summerfest, Borges has performed in a “She Rocks” showcase at The Bay and on the Viewer’s Voice local cable TV show twice.

Her nomination comes as MPS is increasing access to music education. The district has added more than 140 art, music and physical education teaching positions to schools over the past three years.

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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are meeting reading standards
  • The MPS Class of 2014 earned $31 million in scholarships, up $7 million; and
  • MPS is home to 4 of the state’s top 15 high schools according to U.S. News and World Report

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