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Five William Carey University
theatre majors received awards at
the 2012 Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
held in Daytona, Fla., January
31-
February 4. 
Students competed against 73
college and university programs from
eight states. Design awards are given
in two separate categories, David
Weiss and Barbizon. Only one first
place and an honorable mention
is awarded in each category. Chris
Permenter, a freshman from Oak
Grove, placed first in the David
Weiss Design Competition for his
costume design of
Crow and Weasel
.
Jana Barkley, a freshman from
Picayune, and Billy Burkes, a
sophomore from Meridian, received
Barbizon Design honorable
mentions in applied arts for their
puppet design from
The Princess
and The Dragon.
Stephanie Keller, a
senior from Picayune, received
a Barbizon Design honorable
mention for her make-up and hair
design for
The Diviners
,
and Zach
Lancaster, a junior from Picayune,
received a Barbizon Design
honorable mention for his sound
design in
Wait Until Dark.
The students are mentored by
Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre
and communication department,
and Dewey Douglas, assistant
professor of theatre design and
technical director.
William Carey University’s
Speech and Debate Team won
second place overall at the Pi Kappa
Delta National Tournament held
at Longview Community College
in Kansas City, Mo., March 16-
18.
They competed against 68
colleges and universities. This is the
second consecutive year WCU has
achieved this ranking at the national
tournament.
Several team members advanced
to the semi and quarterfinals in their
categories, and many received the
excellent ranking, as well. Renard
Elliot, a freshman from Pascagoula,
and Tia Brown, a freshman
from Hattiesburg, both received
an excellent ranking in prose
interpretation. Joseph Jones, a senior
from Petal, and Carl McInnis, a
junior from Laurel, ranked excellent
in impromptu speaking.  Jones also
received an excellent ranking in
forensic criticism with teammate
Molly Wilkinson, a sophomore
from Pascagoula. Destin Morris,
a senior from Waynesboro,
received an excellent ranking in
extemporaneous speaking. In the
dramatic interpretation category,
excellent rankings went to Zach
Magee, a senior from Collins,
Michael Chancellor, a junior from
Hattiesburg, and  Takira Laffitte, a
freshman from Ocean Springs. In
poetry interpretation, Jes Sullivan,
a senior from Mount Olive, ranked
excellent, and Melvin Richardson, a
junior from Laurel, placed first. Jake
Dover, a freshman from Sardis, won
first place in novice debate.
Other members of the team are
Reggie Chapman, a freshman from
Hattiesburg;  Dedrick Gordon, a
freshman from Laurel; Sean Floyd,
a freshman from Hattiesburg;
Antony Keeler, a senior from
Lumberton; Katherine Kendall, a
senior from McIntosh, Ala.; Cassie
Lasher, a junior from Lumberton;
Meagan Messick, a sophomore
from Hartford, Ala.; Anane Palmer,
a freshman from Gulfport; Nikesh
Sing, a junior from Kathmandu,
Nepal; Kendell Waldrop, a freshman
from Petal; Molly Wilkinson, a
sophomore from Pascagoula; and
Thomas Williams, a graduate student
from Leakesville. Jennifer Talbert,
assistant professor of communication
and director of forensics, coaches
the team.
Th eater Students
Win at Regional Fe tival
Speech&Debate
Team
Chris Permenter, a freshman from Oak
Grove, placed first in the David Weiss
Design Competition for his costume
design of
Crow and Weasel.
at National Competition
Places
Second
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