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Belmont Mentees Honored at Star-Studded Ceremony in Hollywood

Belmont Mentees Honored at Star-Studded Ceremony in Hollywood

Four Belmont juniors were recently selected to serve as mentees in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment internship program. The students, along with Belmont reporter Katiana Ortiz, attended the annual event as Grammy-nominated singer Kesha and the cast of the film Black Panther announced the names of the girls who will receive scholarships and professional experiences in the field of entertainment.

The program matches students with strong female executives, directors, philanthropists, and other prominent members of the moviemaking and television industry. Mhret Gebremiceal, Joanna Figueroa, Gissel Aguilar, and Lianne Sauvage will start their internships in the new year, working alongside some of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Their inauguration into the program included a ten thousand dollar scholarship award, in addition to a chance for a full ride scholarship to Loyola Marymount University when they graduate in 2020.

As the Belmont students mingled with actress Amanla Stenberg, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, and Kesha, Katiana Ortiz landed an exclusive interview with Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award-winning actress Viola Davis. “It felt so wonderful to interview someone who is so respected and see that she is very caring, took the time to speak to me, and gave me a chance to open up my thinking,” said Ortiz.

In addition to the interview with Viola Davis, Ortiz also spoke to top CEO Dana Walden who recently transitioned from leading Fox TV Group to Disney/ABC. Acting Chairman of A & E Networks Abbe Raven, award winning producers of Julie Cohen and Betsy West (documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Justice of the Supreme Court), singer and actress Rita Wilson, actress Marcia Gay Harden, and A Star is Born producer Lynette Howell Taylor also graciously stopped to field questions from Belmont’s Ortiz.

Look for excerpts on the school website next year from Ortiz’s red carpet moments and interviews with the Belmont mentees about working with such inspiring mentors in Hollywood.

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