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Liberty High students star during state festival competition

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Applause for Liberty High students during thespian festival

Drama students from Liberty and Century high schools were among those who received top honors during the 2013 Maryland State Thespian Festival at Tuscarora High School in Frederick County on Jan. 11 and 12.

Liberty High School students Courtney Jarmush, Christy Czajkowski and Emily Nupp each received one of the eight $32,000 scholarship from Rowan University for their efforts.

Bridget Lindsay won a $1,000 scholarship to the college of her choice in the Technical Scholarship Competition for her set design for "Tarzan."

Six Liberty students achieved ratings of superior in their individual events and are among only 15 students in the state who will advance to the national competition.

They are:

• Acting: Christy Czajkowski and Maddie Stanley

• Solo Musical Theatre: Carly Anders, Sarah Barker and Anne Devine

• Scenic Design: Bridget Lindsay

Czajkowski, Devine and Lindsay each received the highest scores in the individual event competitions.

Liberty swept the top honors in all 13 categories in the one-act competition for the national premiere of their production "And."

Fifteen schools took part in the competition.

Liberty's students received awards for Best Sets, Props, Sound, Lights, Costumes, Hair and Makeup, Staging, Ensemble, Physical Work, Vocal Work, Best Truth in the World, Male Actor (Carter Johnson), and Female Actor (Christy Czajkowski).

Liberty performed "War Letters" during the 2012 festival.

As the 2013 state champion, Liberty will perform the play on the national stage in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.

Century High School participated in the festival for the first time this year and won five awards.

The club, led by drama director Lucas Hewitt, won awards for outstanding lighting, sound, hair and makeup, physical work and staging.

Century's Samuel McIntire and Maggie Neal were honored with Outstanding Acting Awards and Erin Berch received an award for making for All State Honor Thespian.

Keith Meisel

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