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Long and hard is the road to the NJ Drama & Forensics League State Tournament hosted by Raritan High School on Saturday February 23rd, 2019. Yet Kingsway’s team of 8 State qualifiers and 12 wild card entrants seized the stage with dynamic performances against 11 New Jersey schools that showcased a field of over 150 competitors. By tournament’s end, two sophomores proved wild and won trophies for Kingsway.
Victoria Nelson took 1st place in the wild card category of TV/Movie Monologue with rousing performances as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. "NJDFL is an exciting experience,” said Ms. Nelson of her win, “and it has helped my gain confidence in what I do.”
To compliment Ms. Nelson’s win, Jamilynne McCabe earned a 5th place trophy for her performances in the Impromptu Monologue category where she was tasked to create dramatic or comedic monologues based on brief and vague prompts that were provided to each competitor.
“NJDFL has given me friends and experiences that I will always remember,” declared Ms. McCabe. “Placing fifth at States was one of the happiest moments of my NJDFL experience, and I’m so happy that all of my friend got to share the experience too.”
Senior and team captain, Lydia Riddell competed in her last league tournament and spoke of her time and efforts as a fierce competitor. “NJDFL has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have made life-long friends and have improved as an actor. Very proud of everything this team has accomplished. Thank you for an amazing 3 years!”
Added Junior Kali Poole, “This season has been the most incredible time of my life. I qualified for States for the first time and competed in 2 categories alongside my favorite people who I’m proud to call my team. I am thankful for my friends, family, and coach for always pushing me to succeed, and I cannot wait to see what my senior season has in store for me.”
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.  
Advisor and coach, Andrew Young, sees great value for Kingsway Regional HS to continue as part of that mission next season and beyond. “I loved this year’s team,” Mr. Young added, “especially our Seniors. They show up, prepare, perform and, most importantly, are role models to our underclassmen. Though I’m saddened the 2019 NJDFL season is over, I look forward to working with our Seniors one more time on our Spring Drama Club production in April 2019.”
Sophomore and State qualifier Aaron Bickford sees a bright future for Kingsway Theater. “Great season, along with even greater people. Next year is going to be big. Really big. Keep your eyes out for Kingsway.”
To all students who wish to join Kingsway’s Drama Club and audition for the Spring Production, contact Mr. A Young (  
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