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On March 4, the Juneau-Douglas High School Drama, Debate & Forensics team took East High School in Anchorage by storm. The team participated in a statewide DDF competition, organized by the Alaska School Activities Association, vying for placement in a variety of theatrical and oratory contests. On March 6, they took home the state drama trophy.
It has been many years since JDHS has had a full state team - many years since Juneau has been perceived as a threat in the competition, as evidenced by the poster welcoming the team to their assigned holding spot in the East High School commons. All the other schools' signs said, "Welcome. Good Luck!" Our sign said, "Welcome. Don't Give Up. Keep Trying."
Did they ever. The JDHS state DDF team swept state in the large school category of state drama events. "Ran away with it," quoted the ASAA official who ran the meet.
In addition to the state trophy, the team brought home many individual medals. Out of the 15-member team, 12 members broke finals in their events. The following members placed at state:
In Reader's Theater, Katie Poor, Cameron Brockett, Ellen Dyar, and Macrina Erickson took fourth.
In Pantomime, Jasmin Evans, Angela Wright, Ellen Dyar, and Lydia Kline took sixth and Elliot Nankervis took fourth.
In Humorous Interpretation, Lydia Kline took fourth and Shanae'a Moore took second.
In Duet Acting, Bethany Munoz and Elliot Nankervis took sixth, Cameron Brockett and Aaron Cohen took fourth, and Shanae'a Moore and Dawson Walker took second.
In Solo Acting, Katie Poor took first.
The other members of the team who also earned points toward the state trophy for their quality placements in the preliminary events included Zoey Wilson, Scott Schuler and Jillian Piazza.