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All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps program in our New Vic Bills and online on the New Victory Blog. Earlier this season, the New Victory Usher Corps program won the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, so we're thrilled to tell you more about this fantastic group of hardworking young people! Read more about the award here, learn more about the New Victory Usher Corps on our website, or find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!

Today we're talking to third-year usher Joshua Santiago, from the Bronx!

Ciarra LivramentoWho or what inspires you?
To be honest, my struggle inspires me, because without the struggle I wouldn't know what it really means to go out and get "it" on your own. Not because I want to, but because I have to. It makes me more of a man every day.

What was your favorite movie as a kid?
My favorite movie as a kid was Star Wars. Seeing my brother watch it got me interested, and then I just started liking it.

What's your fondest or earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is when my father used to take me to his stickball games to watch him play. I was always excited when he took me because it was fun.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school has always been English. It's always come easily to me and I've never had an issue with it.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
My favorite thing to do when I'm not at the New Vic is listening to my hip hop/rap.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite NYC neighborhood is Times Square-42nd Street, because of the lights, and because it's a place where you can just walk around and have fun. It's a place that has everything.

What's your favorite place to eat or grab food near the theater?
My favorite place to eat near the theater is Chipotle.

What's your favorite song right now?
Every song I listen to is my favorite song! At this point the only music I listen to is hip hop/rap.

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be going to Miami and South Beach. I see the way it is down there and I feel like I need to take a trip. I love how the beaches look, and everything about it just makes me want to go there.

What are you most proud of?
One thing I am most proud of is how I have improved as a person since working at the New Vic. I have improved with my attitude and also with my professionalism.
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The votes have been tallied, and four winners have been anointed! Not straw, not sticks, not even bricks could withstand the march of the Ugly Duckling, who squeaked out a Fuzzy victory against three poor Little Piggies in Round Three's tightest match. On the Rookie front, Peter Pan airlifted the Wild Things' crown back to Neverland, while Stranger-in-Wonderland Alice sent a floundering Little Mermaid back under the sea. And in Round Three's most crepe-crushing defeat, Belle seized the Princess tiara and put Snow White down for a long nap. The Dwarves were not available for comment.

Now our four victors face off; and, like books on wings, sparks are bound to fly. Will Peter Pan's crowing drown out the Ugly Duckling's cute little chirps? Will Beauty and the Beast's French heritage sauté Alice's mushrooms? The tension is palpable.

Only YOU can decide who will make it to the final round, and who will be packing their bookbags and heading back to the library. Cast your votes in the ballot below, and check back on March 31 to see who advances to the CHAMPIONSHIP. May the best archetype win!
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