PENDLETON - Pendleton High School freshman Katie Warhol and junior Roderick Scholtz enjoyed a standing ovation from 800 fellow high school actors when they performed their first-place pantomime, "Laptop Love," at the 2004 Oregon State Thespian Acting Finals.

Warhol and Scholtz became the 28th state champions from the PHS drama department last Friday, making it the most successful extra curricular program in PHS history, said John Remington, the theater director and a language arts teacher at PHS.

"Pendleton has much to be proud of" Remington said. "Our young people are easily as talented as any other drama program in the state. Many other instructors gave generous compliments on the quality of our work - as they do every year. We are certainly blessed with a great crop of kids."

Besides earning first-place honors at the competition at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Scholtz and Warhol automatically qualified for the national competition. More than 70 of Oregon's high school theater artists competed for first-place honors.

Senior Cameron Pahl earned second-place in solo acting as well as sharing second-place honors with senior partner Tyler Robbins in duo dramatic scene.

Pahl and Robbins earned selection to the national competition, as did junior Kevin Townsend and sophomore Paul Comrie for their pantomime performance. Senior Phillip Kenyon also qualified for nationals in solo acting.

In order to earn a bid to the national competition, an actor must achieve a superior score.

Besides sending actors to the competition, PHS also sent a successful cutting of Tony Kushner's award-winning play "Angels in America," directed by junior Angi Sweet and featuring seniors Akira Okazaki and Anna Zimmerman. The production received praise and support from its audiences.

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