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The KRHS NJ Drama & Forensics League team of 25 traveled to Mainland High School on February 9nd, 2019 to compete in its third tournament of 2019 and returned home with three 1st place trophies, 8 NJDFL State qualifiers and its first 5th place team trophy for Sweeps. Ten NJ schools participated in this exciting and intense day of Dramatic and Public Speaking events.


The NJDFL’s mission is to foster a competitive and creative outlet for High School Theater and Forensic students, while providing a forum for competition and constructive feedback, as well as encouraging growth and development in the theatre/speech arenas.  


Already a State qualifier, senior Mia Faulk lifted her performance to win 1st place in Dramatic Monologue with yet another moving rendition as the character of Rose from August Wilson’s play, Fences.


Joining Ms. Faulk for a run at the State title, will be junior Meghan Johnson & sophomore Aaron Bickford, who reprised their roles of Bob & Cherry from the KRHS production of The Outsiders and took 1st place in Dramatic Pairs with emotionally charged performances.


“It was a phenomenal experience,” declared Mr. Bickford. “We fought hard against the other competitors, who were all incredibly talented, and we came out on top.”


Senior Emily Sheldon will be a double-threat in the upcoming State Tourney at Raritan. Ms. Sheldon qualified by placing 2nd with a moving performance in Dramatic Oral Interpretation. In addition, Emily placed 4th in Improv Pairs with her partner, Lydia Riddell.


A jubilant Ms. Riddell, also a senior, as well as team captain, said, “NJDFL has been such an amazing experience for me these past four years. It has been a really great year for Kingsway. We went up against a lot of tough competitors and I’m so proud that we beat them and are going to States!”


Two additional double threats to the State tourney will be juniors Kali Poole & Meghan Johnson. Ms. Poole will represent Kingsway in the solo category of Drama Oral Interpretation, and then in Improv Pairs when she and Ms. Johnson placed 2nd in this category at Mainland. Ms. Johnson also won 1st place in Dramatic Pairs.


Rounding out Kingsway’s 8 State qualifiers will be juniors Liam Wilkins and James Coburn, who also placed strong in Drama Oral Interpretation.


“I can’t say enough about the talent, commitment and effort of this entire team,” smiled NJDFL Advisor & Coach, Andrew Young. “Despite setbacks, they all continued to show up to rehearsal to improve and refine their performances. I am proud of this entire roster. But,” he reminded the team, “we have some unfinished business.”


“Now onto States!” declared sophomore and 1st place qualifier Aaron Bickford.


Mr. Bickford’s teammates cheered in agreement.


Kingsway’s NJDFL team travels to the State Tournament at Raritan High School on February 23rd, 2019.

To all students with a passion for Kingsway’s Drama and Debate Programs, contact Mr. A Young (