CHAMPIONS — Students from Northwestern High School competed in Indianapolis and took home the top prize.
Herald Photo / Provided
CHAMPIONS — Students from Northwestern High School competed in Indianapolis and took home the top prize. Herald Photo / Provided

Students at Northwestern High School earned top distinction at the Indiana Thespian State Conference over the weekend. 

The students, Northwestern High School Troupe 3924, performed their show, “Waylen” written by Kayla Temshiv, for the judges and took the top prize and earned a bid as Chapter Select to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., in June. This is the first time in school history the theater troupe won a state title in theater.

The students are working on raising the funds to make the trip. They will hold a live performance of “Waylen” soon and are working on a dinner theater to help offset the cost of the trip. They are going to sell T-shirts that feature sponsors on the back and will accept in-kind donations.

“Back in October, we started working on ‘Waylen,’ which is a student-written show that won the International Thespians Festival Theater Playworks competition last summer,” said Northwestern Theater Director Jeremy Leazenby-Bruce. “We competed against five other schools at the Maconaquah Regional, and we placed first in December and now they took first at State."

“When you work on a show for so long, it’s hard to keep the show fresh and keep the emotions strong. These kids have been working for three to four months. Even though we’ve worked on it that long, they’re still excited about the show and making history for Northwestern. They’re working hard, put in a lot of time, and it has paid off for them.”