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CCPS Students Win Awards at International Theatre Festival

WALDORF, Maryland – Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school students in school theater programs recently took their talents to the International Thespian Festival at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. The 28 students who participated were accompanied by five CCPS theater teachers.

For the first time in seven years, students competed in the festival’s closing ceremony show. There are 1,500 groups at the event, and only nine groups are selected to participate in the show. Two CCPS groups, out of nine nationwide, were selected to participate in the show.

The following students from Maurice J. McDonough High School placed in the Solo Musical Theatre category.

  • Brett Wood, sophomore, excellent grade.
  • Tessa Fetterman, sophomore, excellent grade.
  • Mikayla Nairn, sophomore, excellent.
  • Mya Sellers, sophomore, excellent.

The following students from North Point High School received excellent grades.

  • Addyson Jordan, senior, category: stage management.
  • Renard Smith, graduate, solo performance in musical theatre.
  • The following students from St. Charles High School competed in the solo categories.
  • Ricaria Lawson, graduating senior, excellent, solo musical theatre category.
  • Kori Sobers, junior, excellent, category: solo actor.

The following students from St. Charles School received the highest score in the Group Musical Theatre Showcase category.

  • Za’Nyah Brown, third grader.
  • Cadence Dye, senior.
  • Angela Foster, younger.
  • Laila Franklin, younger.
  • Ashley Campos Gomez, senior.
  • Jaiden Holly, senior.
  • Zion Kosh, Sr.
  • Ricaria Lawson, senior.
  • Marcuse Marshall, sophomore.
  • Daymond Parker, Sr.
  • Elias Thompson, Jr.
  • Kaelyn Williams, senior.
  • Brenden Wrenn, junior.
  • Nia Young, senior.

Seniors Joshua Pelzer and Kaylah Pratt of Westlake High School received the Thespy Award, which is a perfect score, in the category of musical performance as a duo. They also participated in the showcase.

Zion Calloway, a third-grader from Westlake, received an excellent grade in the solo musical performance category.

“Thank you to CCPS and the Charles County Board of Education for sending us to the Bloomington International Theater Festival again,” said Jana Heyl, lead theater teacher at McDonough. “It was an incredible experience. Our students did a wonderful job in the competitions, auditions, showcases and workshops.”

CCPS theater arts and drama teachers Jackson Long of Westlake, Tessa Silvestro of North Point, Ben Simpson and Timothy LaBelle of St. Charles School attended the event.

To learn more about the International Theatre Festival, visit