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PH Board recognizes state thespian award winners


On Feb. 20, the Prairie Height School Board recognized 11 students who competed in the state Indiana Thespian Society Contest. Students competed in a variety of events, both acting and tech.

In group acting, seniors Makenna Belt, Morgan Tritch and Erica Anderson received a Superior Ribbon as well as Best in Category. The trio received the highest rating in state and will be competing at internationals.

Drew Vice, a junior, received a Superior Ribbon in the expert monologue category. Vice was also named a 2012-2013 state officer. Josie Lowe, also a junior, received an Excellent Ribbon in the novice monologue category.

In duet acting novice, sophomores Jasmine Carunchia and Kassandra Prentice received an Excellent Ribbon as well.

In the tech challenge, the Prairie Heights team consisting of seniors Lauren Warner, Nick Shelton, and Donald Cook along with junior Taylor Warkentine placed third. Warner also received third in the knot tying challenge, first in the props quick change, and fourth in the sound system setup.

In other business:

The board approved the 2012-2013 school year calendar. Students will report to school on Aug. 21, 2012. Christmas Break will begin Dec. 24 with students returning on Jan. 3. Spring Break for Prairie Heights students will be the first full week of April, April 1-5. The last day for students is expected to be on June 5, 2013, barring any additional missed days.

It was noted that the calendar includes five additional student days which may be used as makeup days, if needed, or be no-student days. The board will look at these additional days in April 2013.

Drivers training will also be changed for next year from BMV to DDE with Premiere online.