Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
J. L. Mann High Academy Earns High Honors at SC Thespian Festival and Sends First-ever Deaf Student to Nationals!
Joey Kadera, a senior who is deaf, received a Superior rating, and the "Judges Choice" award to go to the National Level of the Thespian Festival this June in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He presented his monologues during the "Judges Choice" Showcase on Feb. 24, 2013 at Lander University. He is the first deaf student to ever participate in the Thespian Festival and the first deaf student to represent South Carolina at the National competition.
Joey is one of four J. L. Mann students invited to Nationals. Charity Irby, Junior, also received a Superior rating in Acting, and sophomores Ariana and Ciarra Sylvia, received a Superior rating in Duet Musical Theatre – all were qualified to compete on the National Level.
Out of 22 high schools, J. L. Mann Academy High School earned 4 Superior and 4 Excellent ratings. The troupe also received an EXCELLENT rating for their performance of the One-Act Play "Check Please."