Play written by students wins national contest PASADENA


A play written by four Northeast High School juniors took first-place honors this month in a national competition sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

As part of the prize, the play, "Fingerprints," will be staged at five locations in April and May.

Written by Jennifer Barrett, Erin Harry, Brad Shellhammer and Jennifer Ward, the play is a one-act courtroom drama that shows how science can affect everyday life and includes the science components on DNA and the Huntington's disease gene.

The four students wrote the work as an independent project suggested by their science and English teachers. They worked under the guidance of resource teachers Bonnie Dixon and Diane Householder.

"Fingerprints" has been scheduled for the following performances: Sneak preview, April 27 at 1:15 p.m. at the Center of Adult Education in College Park; May 1, noon, at Boyd's Theater, Maryland Science Center;

May 7, 9:30 a.m. at Pugliese Theater, University of Maryland at College Park; May 8, 6 p.m. at Adventure Theater, Glen Echo Park; and May 13, 9 a.m. at Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda.

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