Thespian members showcase talents, 1 wins scholarship
Waynesville High School took 14 members of the local chapter of the International Thespian Society to the annual conference in Kansas City. The conference had more than 80 member schools and more than 1,700 students participating in everything from workshops to scholarship auditions. WHS had two students competing for scholarships, three students for the individual event competition and an Improv Olympix team. The Improv Olympix team received distinguished marks on their three rounds of performance from the judges and entertained the audience with their on-the-spot scene work and humor.
The two students who competed for scholarships did spectacularly well. Four colleges called Hailey Hance to receive more information about attending their programs. Emily Heinlein won a $1,000 scholarship for theatre education, beating out 25 other students at the conference who made it to the final rounds.
The 14 students who attended, top row: Jarrod Parker, Derek Ray, Jackson Haedt, Kenzie Beard, Eric Norman Jr.; middle row: Cinnamon Bragg, Kate Dooley, Brooklyn Smith, Maegan Vogtman; bottom row: Hailey Hance, Aidan Richardson, Emily Anderson, Rebekah Sharpe and Emily Heinlein.