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Mequasah Russell’s group was in the final session at the statewide Improvisation Festival held in Lebanon Sept. 28, 1996. Russell finished first in the competition.

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25 years agoMonument seniors attend statewide drama festival

Monument High School seniors Mequasah Russell and Heather Cooke attended a statewide Improvisation Festival in Lebanon on Sept. 28 and Russell placed first in the competitions.

There were approximately 300 drama students from around the state at the Festival. Students were assigned to small groups and given a piece of paper with a quote and a dramatic scene suggestion. There were 64 groups performing. Students were given one hour to come up with a four- to six-minute scene.

Six to eight groups were assigned to perform in front of a judge. After lunch, they performed a second time for a different judge. The scores were calibrated and they attended a finalist session in front of 10 judges in the Lebanon School auditorium.

Russell’s group was in the finalist session.

Russell will attend the state drama competitions for scholarships in the spring.

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