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Two Boswell High School students have earned recognition in the 2017-18 Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Project.
Congratulations to sophomore Kristen Jumes, who is one of four finalists in the annual competition, and junior Hadassah Trinkman, who is among four semi-finalists. These two students will be honored May 6 at an awards celebration where Texas Christian University theatre students, under the direction of TCU theatre professor Alan Shorter, will perform staged readings of the four finalist entries. Pictured are Jumes, left, and Trinkman.
“I'm really excited that I'm going to have my play performed,” Jumes said.
Jumes' play, “Direct Message,” tells the story of a girl who thinks she has befriended a boy her age online but is really communicating with someone much older. Trinkman's play, “The Boy Inside,” explores transgender issues.
Their theatre teacher at Boswell, Melissa Wallis, said her classes have produced several finalists and semifinalists since they began participating in the contest about eight years ago.
Ten area high schools submitted a total of 124 entries in this year's competition. According to the Circle Theatre website, the High School Playwriting Project began in 1996 as a way to encourage young playwrights. Students submit 10-minute plays, which are evaluated by a panel of theatre experts.
Matthew Gray, artistic director for Circle Theatre, said that 20 plays advance in the competition, based on the panel's scores. Connie Whitt-Lambert, theatre professor at Texas Wesleyan University, and students in her playwriting class analyze all 20 plays. Whitt-Lambert selects the top four entries for the public reading.
“All 20 student writers receive the written analyses of their plays,” Gray said.
Wallis said her students begin writing their entries in October. Students read each other's plays and offer suggestions. Wallis also meets with students one-on-one to discuss ways to improve scripts. Final revisions are due in January, and students help select which plays to submit to the contest. This year, 15 of about 50 plays written by Boswell students were submitted.
Jumes said she learned how to write a better play in the process, especially compared to her entry a year ago. As a freshman, she had more scenes and not many details. This year, she said she wanted to develop her characters' back stories and create fewer, more vivid scenes.
“It's just a really great process,” she said. “I enjoyed being able to express my creativity.”
Wallis called the playwriting contest “an invaluable experience” for her students as they learn to improve their skills in writing, editing, critical thinking and collaboration.
The Boswell Lady Pioneer gymnastics team placed second at the 5A State Gymnastics Championships on April 27-28 at Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall.
The girls made Boswell history last year when they qualified for state. So they told their coach, "this year, we want to place in the top three!"
"The meet was magical," coach Candice Vincent said. "I am extremely proud and privileged to coach these ladies."
The team met their goal and broke another school record. They placed second missing first by only .45 of a point.
2018 State Meet Placements:
7th on Vault
3rd on Beam
9th on Floor
8th on Bars
7th on Beam
3rd on Bars
Boswell High School's Student Council was recognized as a 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council. Out of 3,263 public high schools in Texas, the Boswell StuCo was one of 30 schools who received the honor.
"Earning the award was no small task and your students’ success is a testament to the leadership and support you give to them and their adviser, and to the value placed on student council as an integral part of your school and its educational mission," said Jeff Sherrill, National Student Council Associate Director, in a letter to Boswell Principal Nika Davis.
This is the highest award given by the National Student Council and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). It is awarded to those councils that demonstrate the highest levels of leadership as well as meet additional standards set by the National Student Council.
"I am truly blessed to have been a part of our Student Council who has worked so hard throughout my years at Boswell," said Collin Guilbeau, Boswell StuCo and Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) President. "StuCo members are the best supporters and they will assuredly achieve great things in their future."
The Boswell StuCo has completed several projects this year such as bringing attention to human trafficking, setting up the 17 Day Challenge to honor the victims of Parkland while also instilling acts of kindness within their own school, and establishing the first-ever Principal's Cabinet to address campus concerns from all school clubs and organizations.
"A school student council is the heart beat of the school," said Davis. "Their work never stops. I am proud they shared our heart beat with the state as we served as the President School for TASC and am absolutely honored to see their efforts recognized at the National level."
Boswell StuCo teacher advisor Katie Keyes agreed with Davis.
"Our student council kids work hard all year long to make our school and community a better place," Keyes said. "It is great to be recognized for our efforts by the National Student Council."