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Kodiak High School Drama Club ShakesBears Finish Season Strong at the Anchorage Service High School Drama, Debate, and Forensics Tournament


This past weekend, Feb. 8-10, the KHS Drama Club ShakesBears, coached by Jared Griffin, once again dazzled the competition at the final Drama, Debate, and Forensics (DDF) tournament of the regular season in Anchorage, placing in multiple events, and outperforming 11 other Alaskan schools in drama categories.


In their third tournament this year, Kodiak sent 11 actors in five different events to the tournament.


Service HS DDF tournament results:


1st place, Solo Acting: Acacia Birbilas
1st place, Duet acting: Felix Lewis and Acacia Birbilas
1st place, Reader’s Theatre: Kodiak ShakesBears
2nd place, Dramatic Interp: Derek Rocheleau
2nd place, Duet Acting: Ella Spence and Maryssa Abston
5th place, Dramatic Interp: Maryssa Abston
6th place, Humorous Interp: Felix Lewis
7th place, Solo Acting: Julianna Jones
8th place, Dramatic Interp: Wetherleigh Griffin
9th place, Humorous Interp: Brooke Apitz


Kodiak ShakesBears won more 1st place and 2nd place awards in acting events than any other school, and they placed in every event for which they qualified for finals.


Over the course of their tournament season, the ShakesBears have entered a total of 16 events, and have qualified for finals in 15 of those events, winning an unprecedented 1st place in 11 of them. In total, they have won:


Eleven 1st place prizes

Six 2nd place prizes

Two 3rd place prizes

Three 4th place prizes

Two 5th place prizes


Qualifying for state competition is grueling and competitive. Qualifiers must place in the top three within their school by progressing through preliminary rounds through finals at two different tournaments. Tournaments are normally two days long, with between 100-150 students participating from around the state.


The entire ShakesBear team has qualified for state in group and individual events.


State competition will take place Feb. 22-25 at East HS in Anchorage. The Kodiak ShakesBears are proud to send their team to represent Kodiak High School: Bradly Cobban (team captain, Reader’s Theatre), Maryssa Abston (Dramatic, Duet, Reader’s Theatre), Acacia Birbilas (Solo, Duet, Reader’s Theatre), Felix Lewis (Humorous, Duet, Reader’s Theatre), Audrey Lonheim (Reader’s Theatre), Derek Rocheleau (Dramatic, Reader’s Theatre), Krista Simpler (Reader’s Theatre), and Ella Spence (Duet, Reader’s Theatre).