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LMSD dramatists excel in 2019 Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival
LMSD dramatists excel in 2019 Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival

Nine Lower Merion School District students were recently honored for their submissions to the 2019 Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) Festival highlighted by Bala Cynwyd Middle School's Franky Lockenour (pictured above), who claimed first place in the middle school category for her piece entitled Parents Trapped.

Each year, PYP invites students to submit their plays to the Annual Playwriting Festival, which are then considered by the Literary Committee - a collection of nearly 70 program alumni, artists, staff, teachers and others - who read and write individualized responses to every play. Literary Committee members recommend a number of outstanding plays to be considered for further consideration by both the Pre-Final and Final committees.

This year's honorees were selected out of more than 650 submissions from students in 40 different schools throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. As an overall winner, Lockenour's work will be produced as part of the PYP New Voices Production at Temple University in October. More details about show dates and times are forthcoming.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

PlaceStudentSchoolTitle of SubmissionTeacher(s)
1st PlaceFranky LockenourBCMSParents TrappedNichols
2nd PlaceBenjamin ElkinsLMHSPark BenchMinecci
2nd PlaceClaire PhillipsLMHSYoung JaneMastriano
2nd PlaceSophia KasnerBCMSNo One CaresNichols
2nd PlaceEmma BiedermanWVMSThe Invincible GirlSerpentine
Bartholomew
2nd PlaceRose WeathersWVMSThe InfluencerSerpentine
Bartholomew
3rd PlaceClaire SunLMHSSchrödinger's Love StoryMastriano
3rd PlaceSamantha MerrittBCMSAliensNichols
3rd PlaceBetti PangWVMSTime Stands StillSerpentine
Bartholomew

Since 1987, PYP has partnered with educators to bring the transformative power of playwriting into classrooms and community settings across Greater Philadelphia. Placing students at the center of their learning, PYP's intensive writing residencies advance writing-based literacy skills while developing critical 21st century skills like creativity, communication and collaboration.