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33 students to represent NMI in International Thespian Festival

AFTER months of grueling competitions involving 250 individuals, 33 middle and high school students have earned a spot on the team that will represent the CNMI in the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska from June 24 to 29.

According to Marianas High School teacher Harold Easton, who is also the Western Pacific Region-National Forensic League president, the CNMI has a strong team that is ready to compete nationally.

Dandan Middle School’s Bernice Shane Sabino, Donnarose Santiago, Kamille Razon, Mica Sune, Lars Anthony Wolf, and John Paul Labadan  are among the CNMI representatives to the upcoming International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Dandan Middle School’s Bernice Shane Sabino, Donnarose Santiago, Kamille Razon, Mica Sune, Lars Anthony Wolf, and John Paul Labadan are among the CNMI representatives to the upcoming International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“Our representatives are very strong. They have been competing for years, if not in thespian, in speech and debate events,” Easton said.

The CNMI competitions started in September, but the events scheduled for October and November were canceled due to Typhoon Yutu. The competitions resumed in December.

Easton said the number of participants decreased primarily because of the typhoon.

“The students’ housing situation is pretty bad and some of them have to go to work because their parents are out jobs. It is a tough time right now for a lot of families. So some of them don’t have time to compete,” Easton said.

He added that he is proud of the students who continued competing, and kept working toward the end.

Eighty qualified for the final round on Saturday at Grace Christian Academy. Of that number, the top 33 were named to the CNMI team. They are:

Junior Thespian

Bernice Shane Sabino – Dandan Middle School

Donnarose Santiago – Dandan Middle School

Kamille Razon – Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

Lars Anthony Wolf – Dandan Middle School

Mica Sune – Dandan Middle School

John Paul Labadan – Dandan Middle School

Senior Thespian

Angela Barbo – Marianas High School

Brent Espineda – Marianas High School

Cesiah Maclang – Marianas High School

Clarisse Torio – Marianas High School

Donna Galvez – Marianas High School

Ethan Mresbang – Marianas High School

Gio Sagana – Marianas High School

James Reyes – Marianas High School

Jefferson Cunanan – Marianas High School

Jenikah Elayda – Marianas High School

John Lu – Marianas High School

Jody Coloma – Marianas High School

Jonathan Wolf – Marianas High School

Julia Malate – Marianas High School

Juliet Inocencio – Marianas High School

Katrina Guevarra – Marianas High School

Kelvin Wolf – Marianas High School

Khristian Itaas – Marianas High School

Lesly Ibarra – Marianas High School

Macy Manzanares – Marianas High School

Matthew Manuel – Marianas High School

Mikaella Cunanan – Marianas High School

Nehemiah Fernandez – Saipan Southern High School

Sommer Gomez – Marianas High School

Sydney Manzanares – Marianas High School

Vivien Lu – Marianas High School

Vladimir Palma – Marianas High School