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WTHS Chapter of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League Wins First State Championship

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The Washington Township High School chapter of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League (NJDFL) captured the 2023 State Championship on February 25, 2023, marking the team’s first state crown since the team was formed in 2017.  The WTHS team, under the direction of advisors Abby Molotsky, Jessica Kelleher and Lauren McClellan, broke the 11-year winning streak of Mainland High School, placing first in a field of 10 teams. 


The NJDFL is comprised of schools from all over the State of New Jersey that host competitions in which students compete in acting and public speaking categories. The League seeks to foster a competitive and creative outlet for high school students in the areas of theatre and speech for the purpose of networking with likeminded students, while providing a forum for constructive feedback as well as encouraging their growth and development as performers.


Washington Township State winners included:


Dramatic Oral Interpretation: Junior Eddie Mulvihill


Humorous Oral Interpretation: Junior Dan Hillig


Improvisational: Senior Pairs Xander Jackson and Junior John Ecker


Contemporary Monologue: Sophomore Violet Merrigan


Top Five State Finalists also included:


Dramatic Pairs 3rd place: Junior John Ecker and Senior Kathryn Kim


Humorous Oral Interpretation: 2nd place Junior Gianna Melhorn, 4th place Junior Eddie Mulvihill


Comedic Pairs: 2nd place Seniors Holly Duym and Greg Price, 5th place Juniors Dan Hillig and Lainey Palmer


Musical Scene 2nd Place: Junior Dan Hillig, Junior Talia Morrison, Junior Eddie Mulvihill, Senior Cade Padilla, Senior Holly Duym, and Junior Maize Ruggles


Persuasive Speaking: Junior Eddie Mulvihill 2nd place, Junior John Ecker 3rd place


Musical Solo: Senior Abby Brown 2nd place


Readers Theater: 2nd place Senior Holly Duym, Senior Kathryn Kim, and Junior John Ecker


Contemporary Monologue: 2nd place Junior John Ecker, 5th place Senior Kathryn Kim


Impromptu Speaking: 3rd place Junior John Ecker, 4th place Junior Gianna Melhorn, 5th place Senior Cade Padilla


“We congratulate our entire team for an excellent season,” Molotsky said. “In the spring, we will have an introductory meeting for new members and two practice competitions. NJDFL is open to all students, no auditions or try outs necessary. Everyone can compete and participate.”