USC Upstate Students Compete At South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association College Competition

February 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

Nineteen University of South Carolina Upstate students will compete in various awards categories at the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (SCSTA) College Competition to be held at Limestone College on February 27.

“Last year we brought home the Sweepstakes Award, which is the highest award given to any organization, and two students received individual awards,” said Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate. “This was an exceptional accomplishment for our students and I think they are as equally eligible this year.”

The competition consists of 11 events, such as audition monologue, duet acting, design, impromptu speaking, oral interpretation, persuasive speaking, and poetry interpretation. The 19 USC Upstate students will compete in 1-3 categories.

Students competing in audition monologue include Ahsha Daniels, Nic Everett, Mason Manna, Daniel Gorski, Megan Wirth, and Ashley McFadden. Ben Sickles will serve as an alternate. Students competing in duet acting include Carlton Brock and ShaRone Scott, Julia LaJune and Joelle Gwinn, and Patric Phillips and Felicia Glidden. Students competing in design include Cory Granner, Aaron Pate, and Josh Geddings. Students competing in poetry interpretation are Ben Sickles and Kathryn Yarborough. Students competing in impromptu interpretation include Nic Everett, Conrad Bromberek, Kathryn Yarborough, and Krystal Wardlaw. Ben Sickles is competing in persuasion speech. Students competing in impromptu speech include Nic Everett, Conrad Bromberek and Mason Manna.

First, second and third place awards will be given as well as, an award to the college with the highest scores in each division. The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. and finishes with the awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

The South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (formerly the South Carolina Speech Communication Association) is a professional organization that promotes the study of all areas of performance and oral communication: acting, oral interpretation/performance studies, theatre, broadcasting, public speaking, discussion and debate, and speech education. Its main purpose is the advancement of the total speech and theatre effort in the educational system of the state of South Carolina.

For more details, contact Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre, at (864) 503-5621 or