Ford students show they are a Class Act at Thespian Festival
Ford students show they are a Class Act at Thespian Festival
Posted on 12/19/2018
Students at competitionOver December 13-15, 2018, HFII High School Drama students participated in the annual Michigan Thespian Festival.  Approximately 1400 students from across the state of Michigan attended.

Nineteen Henry Ford II students went to festival.

The students participated in individual event competitions, watched and supported each other during their performances, and also attended heatre workshops in this educational environment.  In addition they had the opportunity to meet with college representatives from Michigan and surrounding states.

In the Individual Event categories, students performed or presented in front of a panel of three judges and received a rating of Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior

In total we participated in 11 Individual Events:

Sydney Patterson received a Superior in Stage Management

Richard Jay received a Superior in Costume Construction

Fernanda Hernandez and Ian Bednarski received a Superior in Duet Acting

Toni Gjerkaj and Aliya Droelle received a Superior in Duet Acting

Willow Duncan received a Superior in Monologue Acting

Ella Espinoza received a Superior in Solo Musical Theatre

Jacob Yasso received a Superior in Solo Musical Theatre

Ella Espinoza, Rori Cummings, Chris Graham, and Carson Cross received a Superior Group Musical Theatre

Carson Cross and Chris Graham received an Excellent in Duet Musical Theatre

Willow Duncan received an Excellent in Solo Dance


Total:        
9 Superior Ratings        
2 Excellent Ratings       


Over 20 colleges and universities were present to judge and offer scholarships to participating seniors.

In total, the college made offers to students totaling over 9 million dollars.

From Ford, five seniors auditioned for scholarships in acting or musical theatre. They received scholarship offers totaling $185,000. Additionally, Richard Jay did not audition for scholarships, but was informally offered a scholarship by Oakland University for Costume Construction.