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Senior wins playwriting competition, students attend NYSTEA conference

Senior wins playwriting competition, students attend NYSTEA conference

This past weekend, 18 Washingtonville High School students participated in the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) conference -- a statewide theater education conference that fosters the development of many facets of the performing arts. 

Students were able to sign up and participate in all kinds of workshops that focused on costuming, make-up, Shakespeare, stage combat, acting for the screen and stage, singing, and various dance styles, including jazz, tap, latin and swing. 

Headshot of Hailey Leonard in UCLA sweatshirt.

For the second time, one of Hailey Leonard’s short plays was selected as a winner of the NYSTEA-sponsored playwriting competition, and was performed at the student showcase. 

“I was given guidelines to follow and then I wrote the 5 minute play from there,” said Hailey. “Students from all over New York performed it at the conference.”

“It was really cool to see their vision versus mine,” she added. “Last year the conference was canceled due to COVID-19, so this was the first year I saw it played out.” 

Tess Karp participated in an Advanced Tap Dance masterclass, and performed with her group at the weekend's closing ceremony.

Additionally, Washingtonville students took home the "Techy Challenge" trophy. They competed against eight other schools in two competitions that tested stage crew skills. Ana Samoylovskaya, Adam Sanchez, Tess Karp, Dani Perez, and Abbey Blatt successfully completed two challenges and scored the most points, earning us the win, which is the first in school history. 

Students on staircase standing above NYSTEA banner.
Group of students accepting a trophy on stage.
Students on bus smiling at the camera.
Five students lined up for a group picture.