August 1, 2017
Steven Torres, a Nicholson School of Communication alumnus, is a man with an impressive résumé and a secret talent. Since graduating in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations, he has worked at SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines and Bright House Networks. Torres can now say that he is an international champion of performing arts. Last month, Torres competed and won several awards as a vocalist at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California.
The World Championships of Performing Arts is the only international Olympic-style talent showcase of its kind. More than 50 countries compete in this annual competition, and Torres is proud to represent the United States.
“It was an honor to represent the U.S. as a semifinalist and multi-medal winner in this international competition,” said Torres, who currently serves as deputy press secretary for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. “I received medals in five of the seven vocal categories I competed in and was awarded an Overall Division Winner award. I was one of only two individual vocal delegates from the United States to advance to the semifinals in the Senior Division.”
Torres won a gold medal in the Latin category for ages 18 to 24. He also won two silver medals for self-accompaniment original work and gospel and two bronze medals for self-accompaniment R&B/jazz and rock, all for the same age group. Torres was named overall Latin Division winner on July 9, 2017.