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She grew up in Potomac and attended two Potomac Catholic schools, Our Lady of Mercy School and Connelly School of the Holy Child for high school. Now she lives in Hollywood and, last month, Lisa Panagos received the 2013 Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Female Rising Star.

The F.A.M.E. — Film, Art, Music & Entertainment — award is an “across the board” recognition of talent, Panagos said.

“I am being recognized for ... music, film, TV, acting, singing, songwriting, etc.,” she wrote in an email.

Panagos started her career locally.

“I performed in many shows at Connelly School of the Holy Child and Georgetown Prep,” Panagos wrote. “I studied dance at the Potomac Dance Centre [and] Washington School of Ballet. I was also a member of Katherine Mizell’s Modelling Moppets, modelling and performing at local department stores and for charities and the elderly. I did a few local TV commercials and radio spots before heading to [New York City] to pursue Broadway shows and other TV and film roles.”

She also performed at the Harlequin Dinner Theater, which was in Rockville, and received a bachelor’s in fine arts from Syracuse University before pursuing her entertainment career full time.

After landing several roles in shows including “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “West Side Story,” Panagos made the transition to Hollywood, where as she landed roles in film and TV and continued her recording career as a singer-songwriter-producer.

The Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards is a 7-year-old awards program founded by executive producers Susanna Griffie and Al Bowman, according to its website.