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Lander students receive top honors at speech and theatre festival

June 08, 2009

This spring, a group of eight Lander University Mass Communication and Theatre majors traveled to Newberry, along with Monique Sacay-Bagwell, Lander associate professor of theater, to compete in the annual South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association College Festival and Competition at Newberry College.

This year's event had the largest number of college and university participants.  Participating colleges were: Lander University, USC Upstate, Newberry College, Limestone College, SC State University, USC Lancaster, Claflin University, Columbia College, Tri-County Technical College and York Technical College.

This was not only the third year Lander students participated in the competition, it was another year in which the young scholars took top honors. Lander award winners were: Daniel Camak of Ware Shoals, third place for prose interpretation, first place for after-dinner speaking and the Triathlon Award; Lanesha Campbell-Alston of North Charleston, first place for prose interpretation; and Wesley Leonard of Clinton, second place for prose interpretation and first place for poetry interpretation.

The Triathlon Award is presented to the student who has the highest combined score in three individual competitions in the areas of acting, interpretation and public speaking. This is the highest individual award that SCSTA gives and this is the third year in a row a Lander student has received the honor.

Out of the ten participating colleges and universities, Lander also won second place in the Team Sweepstakes Award which is given to the school who has the highest average score in all events.  It is the highest award SCSTA gives any organization.

For information on Lander's theatre program contact the Office of Admissions at 1-888-4LANDER or