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Prairie Heights students attend ISTC


Prairie Heights students represented their school over the weekend at the Indiana State Thespian Conference at Vincennes University. The theme for the conference was “The Fabulous ‘50s” and students attended workshops, watched plays, auditioned for colleges and scholarships, and competed in individual acting and technical events.

Technical events are awarded places according to the fastest times. Acting events are scored similarly to ISSMA – students receive feedback from the judges and are rated either fair, good, excellent or superior. Students competing in experienced categories who received superior ratings were invited to perform again this summer at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb.

The tech team winners from Prairie Heights were Taylor Warkentine, Matt Stezowski, Jasmine Morgan, and Collin Musser, who placed fourth for folding a drop. Victoria Goodwin placed second for the props quick change.

In acting events, Shantell Asher rated excellent in Solo Musical Novice, Andrea Tecsi and Elizabeth Flynn rated excellent in Duet Musical Experienced, Michael Grady and Jasmine Carunchia both rated superior in Monologue Experienced, earning an invite to the international festival, and Carunchia and Kasey Prentice along with Drew Vice and MacKenna McGraw earned superior ratings in Duet Acting Experienced, earning an invite to the international festival.

Drew Vice received one of four thespian scholarships awarded. Karlea Boleyn, Drew Vice, Shelbie Asher, and Michael Grady also auditioned for colleges and each had several callbacks.