RSD High School Students Honored at State Thespian Festival

RSD High School Students Honored at State Thespian Festival

Dozens of RSD students from Richland and Hanford High schools were honored March 26 at the Washington State Thespian Festival. This year’s “Super State” event was held in three regions of the state, allowing for more students to participate without hours of travel.

Performances and behind the scenes theatre work were submitted virtually for judging in February. Categories included everything from playwriting to costume design to acting and musical performances.

Students who received a score of superior in their submission category are named National Qualifiers. These students will have the opportunity to compete for awards at the International Thespian Festival which recognizes the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance. National Qualifier students also auditioned for Showcase performances as part of the closing ceremonies at Super State.

State Honorees are talented students who received a score of excellent for their submission. They will also receive awards at the Super State event.


National Qualifiers (all students are from Hanford High School)

Group Scene:

  • *“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” – Dylan Chiu, William Henry and Paris Nichols

Solo Musical:

  • Elise Von Bargen
  • Kylie Baldwin
  • Carly Tranbarger
  • Lola Eden

Duet Musical:

  • “That Guy” – Dylan Chiu and Torben Lake
  • *“Best Friend” – Katherine Nguyen and Ariadnna Santos
  • “Too Late To Turn Back Now” – Kylie Baldwin and William Henry
  • “Who Will Love Me As I Am” – Lily and Sylvie Snow

Costume Construction:

  • *Christina Lansing

Scenic Design:

  • *Alyssa Bonheyo


State Honorees (all students from Hanford High School unless noted otherwise)


  • Lola Eden
  • Torben Lake
  • Catriona Rod
  • Julianna Rickey
  • Megan Walters (Richland High)

Duet Acting:

  • “The Importance of Being Earnest” – Riley Maxfield and Sylvie Snow
  • “The Desk Set” – Jack Henriksen and Saige Vining

Group Scene:

  • “Family Meeting” – Mary Hale, Christina Lansing and Damian Lewis
  • “Boys vs. Girls: Armageddon” – Hussain Akoum, Aidan Ayres and Madeline Welling
  • “Crimes of the Heart” – Afton Stoker, Kaylee Burnett and Sophia Luongo
  • “Operation Redneck” – Isabel Trevino, Kennedy Schlotthauer and Anna Poff

Solo Musical:

  • Lily Snow
  • Sylvie Snow

Duet Musical:

  • “A Little Priest” – Jack Henriksen and Emma Robinson

Group Musical:

  • “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” – Kylie Baldwin, Lily Snow and Daniel Welling
  • “Welcome to the Rock” – Hussain Akoum, Aidan Ayres, Kayee Burnett, Lola Eden, Jack Henriksen, Sophia Luongo, Riley Maxfield, Anna Poff, Emma Robertson, Kennedy Schlotthauer, Afton Stoker, Isabel Trevino and Madeline Welling.
  • “When the Chips Are Down” – Paris Nichols, Millie Rohdenburg and Ariadnna Santos


The Washington State Thespian Festival is an annual event that gives students the opportunity to showcase their work, attend workshops presented by national and regional teaching artists and network with theatre students from their region.

*National Qualifier entry chosen for State Showcase.

(All photos courtesy of Richard Maguire)