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Kingsway’s Fantastic Five of Ashmen, Chatterjee, McKnight, Miller & Racey Make a Splash at NJDFL States Finals

An unprecedented five NJDFL competitors, Kingsway’s Fantastic Five, represented KRHS at the NJ Drama and Forensics League’s State Finals Tournament on Saturday Feb. 27th at Raritan High School.  Each competitor faced a field of no less than 20 opponents, all of whom who placed in the top five of previous NJDFL Tournaments. 


Kingsway Sophomore, Indrojit Chatterjee, captured Second Place in Poetry Interpretation for his intense rendition of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.


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. 


Mr. Chatterjee joined Brianna Ashmen (Dramatic Monologue), Latayana McKnight (Impromptu Speaking), Alyssa Miller (Dramatic Monologue) and Jacob Racey (Impromptu Speaking) as Kingsway’s Fantastic Five of State Finalists.  Kingsway originally had a Sensational Six slated for the State Tournament but Tasos Kalfas (Persuasive Speaking) excused himself from the Tournament due to a Jazz Band engagement. 


Though not all performers advance to the Final Round of States, Kingsway battled fiercely in these intense competitions.  True to the NJDFL’s mission statement, team members grew through the experience in their chosen event. 


 “The NJDFL competitions opened your eyes to not only what you can do better (as a performer),” declared Junior Latayana McKnight. “but also to the beauty of the performers around you.  It was an honor to qualify for States and have the opportunity to express myself in the form of poetry.  Thank you to the people who created this league and thank you to Mr. Young for introducing to us.”


Of Ms. McKnight’s performance, Drama Club Advisor Andrew Young said, “Latayana deserved to be in the Final Round.  Everyone, from opponents, other coaches and teammates talked about her performances.” 


Ms. McKnight interpreted the poem Da Rules which, according to one judge, “Wasn’t the kind poems we see at NJDFL.” 


“Participating in the NJDFL State Finals was incredible,” said State Qualifier Alyssa Miller.  “It was great to see so many different types of actors, which in the end only can help us improve. You meet many friendly people and in the end you meet many new friends.”


Mr. Young summed up Kingsway’s future in the NJDFL with confidence.  “Based upon the talent and commitment of our competitors, Kingsway’s NJDFL Team will make a big splash in 2017.  Mark my words.”
Any questions about the NJDFL or Kingsway Drama and Debate programs, contact Mr. A Young (