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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Dec. 2

The Brookhaven College Speech Department and Phi Theta Kappa co-sponsored the 5th Annual Speech Contest on November 18th. As part of The Last Lecture Open Book Project, this year’s theme required students to give their own last lecture. Josué Hernandez and Rebecca Mia Cedillo tied for first place, each winning $250 for their speeches, “Bananas, Bathrooms, and Me” and “A Superhero’s Final Fight,” respectively. Rare Orion earned a $100 second-place prize for his speech, “Breaking the Cycle.” The contest committee included Kaitlin King, emcee of the event and president of Phi Theta Kappa, and Brookhaven College Professors Cheryl Dyer Vargas, Delryn Fleming, Julie Perez, Kent Polk and Sheri Van Court, and adjunct instructors Adele Plasterr, Leslie Jackson and Patsy Totusek. Prizes were funded by Phi Theta Kappa.

Just a handful of actors perform dozens of roles in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play that Theatre Brookhaven opened this week. Performed as a live 1946 radio broadcast, the Joe Landry play calls on the actors to play the roles of the heartwarming movie It’s a Wonderful Life, as well as the roles of radio actors. As radio stars, they sing jingles and create sound effects. The production, directed by Charles Self, Brookhaven College scenic designer/technical theater specialist, is being performed at the Arena Theater (Building C) through December 11th. Tickets are available at the Brookhaven College School of the Arts Box Office and are priced at $8 for general admission and $6 for students, staff and senior adults.

Two students from the Early College High School at Brookhaven College took top awards for their essays at the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce Annual Student Recognition Luncheon. Ozzie Pineda won the grand prize and Cheyenne Batson was one of the five finalists (two from R.L. Turner High School and one from Mary Grimes Education Center). Students were asked to submit an essay proposing recommended changes within school settings, such as the use of peer mediation in school bullying, methods to minimize advertising effects upon student lifestyles, and support of counselors in overcoming challenges. At the luncheon, more than 130 students from Texans Can! Academy, Mary Grimes Education Center, Brookhaven College Early College High School and R.L. Turner High School were recognized for their perseverance in school and were encouraged to reach their goals through the help of families, teachers and counselors.



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