Judges "at rise" for Jupiter's Performances
All JHS drama students had the opportunity to submit scripts for the John Yancy Memorial Scholarship 2009 JHS One Act Festival of Plays. They used John's last words; "Don't smoke or EVER do drugs for me" in their 10 minute play. The Jupiter High drama department chose 7 out of the 20 scripts submitted to compete in the festival. The plays were performed February 14, 2009, in the JHS Auditorium. Admission was $5 at the door, with JHS Drama Society supporting our Dollar for Scholars Champaign, giving back $1 for each admission. The finalists had a budget to cast, direct and produce their play. A panel of judges selected the best performer for each play and awarded cash prizes to the top three. Judges: Kathy Green, Kathy Peterson, Chris Dugger and Donnie Quigley, were "at rise" for Jupiter High School drama students to showcase their talents at the second annual John Yancy Memorial Scholarship 2009 JHS One Act Festival of Plays. The audience was impressed by the student's abilities, not just to act, but to come up with the words, giving great insight into the teenage brain and their thoughts regarding smoking, drugs and alcohol. Surprisingly enough, the younger "teen" students were captivated watching their olde peers perform.

The first place prize of $250 was awarded to Michael Erasmus, One Step Closer, Second place , $175 was awarded to Alex Tammaro, Little Red X. Third place $125, was awarded to Cami Cupples, Walter Williams with Honorable Mentions to: Amanda Martinez & Kiley Kessler, The Promise; Megan Cornwell & Chandler Reid, Graduation Night; Brigitte Virgil, The First Time; Samantha McKinlay & Danica Rockwood, Reasons. All Star cast awards went to: Kiley Leslar, Chandler Reid, Sam McGrath, Brittany Gregson, Victoria Kelper, Michael Miller, and Lance Hobson.

Kathy Green taped the winners for her radio show on WJTW and Kathy Peterson will be placing the students on her web site. Many thanks to Rick Blackwell, of news 12now, for taping a rehearsal, which aired the Friday morning before the festival. This experience was the event of the century for the JHS Drama Students!

All Star cast, winners, and Mr. Hilliker (far right).

(L to R) Judges: Kathy Green, Kathy Peterson, Chris Dugger, and Donnie Quigley.

All Star Cast.

( L to R) Suzanne & Fred Sardinha at left and right ends with the winners Cami Cupples, Alex Tammaro, and Michael Easmus.

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