Bravo! - Dozens of LWSD students honored at regional and state competitions, many eligible for nationals for this year’s Thespys


Bravo! - Dozens of LWSD students honored at regional and state competitions, many eligible for nationals for this year’s Thespys
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Three Lake Washington School District high schools put their students on display at the Washington State Thespian Festival March 15-16 in Ellensburg, Wash. Ten of those students received recognition at the state festival and all three competing high schools received team awards as well. Eastlake, Juanita, and Redmond high schools sent participating students to the competition. Each school received a Gold Honor Troupe Status. Through the Honor Troupe program, schools/troupes are recognized for their many achievements and endeavors during the school year. To be evaluated and considered for an Honor Troupe award, the troupe must submit a portfolio to present evidence of the troupe’s accomplishments and endeavors.  

The Washington State Thespian Festival is an opportunity for theater students and teachers from across the state. They gather and participate in clinics and workshops presented by local and national teaching artists. Students can also perform and watch performances from students across Washington state. The theme this year was “To The World We Dream About.”

Here are the results from the state competition:

Eastlake High School

  • Team honors
    • Gold Honor Troupe Status for the second year in a row
    • Best in Show in the Lip Sync Battle
    • Tartuffe won overall Superior Performance
  • Individual honors
    • Zita Velcsov - Fastest in Knot Tying in the Tech Olympics
    • Lou Champoux-Roberts was selected to be one of the State Thespian Officers next year
    • Grace McIntyre, Natalie Glover, Devi Anand and Demi Kim won medals for their Superior State Showcases
    • Milo Stuart was awarded The Thespian Scholarship

Juanita High School

  • Team honors
    • Awarded Gold Honor Troupe for the second year in a row!
    • Trophy Winner for Young Frankenstein 
  • Individual honors
    • Winner of two Tech Olympic categories: Costuming Quick Change and Button Sewing: Richard Cook, Kaylee Starr and Anika Yang!
    • Medal Winner for Costume Construction for Little Women’s Aunt March: Anika Yang

Redmond High School

  • Team honors 
    • Gold Honor Troupe Status 7 of the last 9 years

As a precursor to the state competition in Ellensburg, LWSD thespians performed in front of judges at the Northwest Regional showcase at Liberty Hale High School in Renton in January. Sixty-eight students from the above high schools competed for an International Thespian Excellence Award. Those receiving a “superior” rating automatically qualified for the international event in Indiana in June. Others receiving a high enough score got another opportunity to qualify for the international event during the state competition in Ellensburg. 

Below is a list of the students who have either automatically qualified for the international event in June or were invited to compete at the state event in March:

  • Animated Short Film
    • National Qualifier:
      • Demetria Kim, Eastlake High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Oskar Ylitalo, Redmond High School 
  • Costume Construction
    • National Qualifier:
      • Anika Yang, Juanita High School
      • Caroline Yim, Juanita High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Alexa Jumper, Juanita High School
      • Claire Thompson, Juanita High School
  • Costume Design
    • National Qualifier:
      • Asher West-Herr, Juanita High School
      • Malak Abdalla, Juanita High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Isabel Hughes, Eastlake High School
      • Ethan Melekian, Eastlake High School
      • Andrea Contreras, Eastlake High School
      • Ava Newson, Juanita High School
      • Mikiko Patzwald, Juanita High School
      • Naima Zida-Brown, Juanita High School
  • Duet Musical
    • National Qualifier:
      • Time Stops, Eastlake High School
      • Some Things Are Meant to Be, Eastlake High School
      • All I've Ever Known, Juanita High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Fine, Eastlake High School
      • Shadenfreude, Juanita High School
      • Apex Predator, Juanita High School
      • Suddenly Seymour, Juanita High School
      • A Little Priest, Redmond High School
  • Duet Scene
    • National Qualifier:
      • Laughing Stock, Eastlake High School
      • Terra Nova, Eastlake High School
      • Arsenic and Old Lace, Juanita High School
      • Colorado, Redmond High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Poor Clare, Eastlake High School
      • Antigone, Juanita High School
      • Rabbithole, Redmond High School
      • Silent Sky, Redmond High School
  • Group Musical
    • National Qualifier:
      • Some Kind of Time, Eastlake High School
    • State Honoree:
      • The I Love You Song, Eastlake High School
  • Group Scene
    • State Honoree:
      • Arsenic and Old Lace, Juanita High School
      • Numbers, Juanita High School
      • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Redmond High School
  • Lighting Design
    • National Qualifier:
      • Grace McIntyre, Eastlake High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Allison Martin, Juanita High School
      • Parker Terk, Redmond High School
  • Makeup Design
    • State Honoree:
      • Richard Cook, Juanita High School
  • Monologues
    • National Qualifier:
      • Devi Anand, Eastlake High School
      • Raina Talwar, Eastlake High School
      • Michael Finlayson, Juanita High School
      • Neha Mahesh, Redmond High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Grace McIntyre, Eastlake High School
      • Maria Miroshnichenko, Eastlake High School
      • Breanne Diaz, Eastlake High School
      • Merrick Eliot, Eastlake High School 
      • Natalia Medrano-Tovar, Eastlake High School
      • Rohan Sengupta, Eastlake High School
      • Zita Velcsov, Eastlake High School
      • Sofiia Svyryd, Juanita High School
      • Spencer Roeder, Juanita High School
      • Asher West-Herr, Juanita High School
      • Sophia Andrews, Juanita High School
      • Charlotte Bovey, Redmond High School
  • Musical Theater Dance
    • National Qualifier:
      • Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, Eastlake High School
      • The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing, Juanita High School
    • State Honoree:
      • What I Was Born To Do, Eastlake High School
      • Mr. Cladwell, Eastlake High School
      • Singin’ In The Rain, Redmond High School
  • Playwriting
    • State Honoree:
      • Natalia Medrano-Tovar, Eastlake High School
      • Maryska Reynolds, Eastlake High School
      • Kai Arun, Eastlake High School 
      • Elinor Meek, Juanita High School
  • Scenic Design
    • State Honoree:
      • Elinor Meek, Juanita High School
      • Naima Zida-Brown, Juanita High School
  • Short Film
    • National Qualifier:
      • Addy Lamaute, Eastlake High School
    • State Honoree:
      • Natalia Medrano-Tovar, Eastlake High School
  • Solo Musical
    • National Qualifier:
      • Milan Shetty, Eastlake High School
      • Amelia Taylor, Eastlake High School
      • Milo Stuart, Eastlake High School
      • Breanne Diaz, Eastlake High School
      • Addy Lamaute, Eastlake High School
      • Natalie Glover, Eastlake High School
      • Sambriddhi Adhikari, Eastlake High School
      • Cindy Franklin, Eastlake High School
      • Sarah Hiciano, Eastlake High School
      • Thea Babith, Eastlake High School
      • Audrey Lloyd, Juanita High School
      • Belle Marlar, Juanita High School
      • Richard Cook, Juanita High School
      • Luly Rejtman, Redmond High School
      • Luis Teran, Redmond High School
    • State Honoree
      • Liam Wheeler, Eastlake High School
      • Spencer Barber, Eastlake High School
      • Topher Puri, Eastlake High School
      • Anna Caufield, Eastlake High School
      • Shreya Ambekar, Eastlake High School
      • Nik Kuperstein, Eastlake High School
      • Katelyn Chabot, Eastlake High School
      • Demetria Kim, Eastlake High School
      • Kaylee Starr, Juanita High School
      • Elizabeth Peshette, Juanita High School
      • Alexa Jumper, Juanita High School
      • Indigo Mercredi, Juanita High School
      • Aria Eddleman, Juanita High School
      • Ben Lohr, Juanita High School
      • Karina Anforowicz, Juanita High School
      • Elise DeClark, Juanita High School
      • Simon Rundle, Juanita High School 
      • Quinn Yi, Juanita High School
      • Odin Landers, Redmond High School
      • Cadence Spore, Redmond High School
      • Emma Dorrain, Redmond High School
      • Paakhi Gupta, Redmond High School
      • Joey Johnson, Redmond High School
      • Charlotte Bovey, Redmond High School
  • Sound Design
    • State Honoree:
      • Skyler Do, Juanita High School
  • Stage Management
    • National Qualifier:
      • Kaylee Starr, Juanita High School
  • Theater Marketing
    • National Qualifier:
      • Shreya Ambekar, Eastlake High School

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