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Kodiak High School Drama Club Wins the Homer Drama, Debate, and Forensics Tournament


This past weekend, Dec. 14-16, the KHS Drama Club “ShakesBears”, coached by Jared Griffin, made quite the statement at a regional Drama, Debate, and Forensics (DDF) tournament in Homer, winning first and second place in multiple events, and outperforming other regional schools in drama categories: Homer, Seward, and Nikiski.


This is the first DDF tournament that KHS has participated in over the last 20 years.


Kodiak sent 12 actors in 6 different events to the tournament.




Humorous Interpretation:
1st place: Felix Lewis (junior)
2nd place: Brooke Apitz (freshman)


Dramatic Interpretation:
1st place: Derek Rocheleau (junior)
2nd place: Wetherleigh Griffin (junior)
4th place (tie): Felix Lewis (junior) and Maryssa Abston (sophomore)


Duo Interpretation:
1st place: Felix Lewis (junior) and Brooke Apitz (freshman)


Solo Acting:
1st place: Acacia Birbilas (sophomore)
2nd place: Julianna Jones (sophomore)


Duet Acting:
1st place: Ella Spence (sophomore) and Maryssa Abston (sophomore)
3rd place: Alli Hartt (sophomore) and Acacia Birbilas (sophomore)


Readers Theatre:
1st place: Kodiak ShakesBears [team captain: Bradly Cobban (senior); asst. captains: Krista Simpler (sophomore) and Audrey Lonheim (freshman)]


In all, the Kodiak ShakesBears won more events than any other school. In fact, the ShakesBears won first place in every event they entered.


Over the two-day tournament, the ShakesBears performed in three rounds for different judges, who consistently ranked our young Kodiak actors at the top of their rounds.


The KHS Drama Club has been preparing for this competition at after school and lunchtime practices since November. They even invited guest judges to their practices in the weeks leading up to the tournament to help them prepare their performance pieces.


The ShakesBears plan to follow up on their success and compete at two more tournaments next January and February in Anchorage. They will be holding theatre-related fundraisers next spring to help support their travel.


Group photo of Drama Club students holding their winning tournament certificate.


Coach Jared Griffin gives students a final pep talk before the tournament begins.


Group photo of 12 Drama Club students