Pinelands Regional High School's Theatre Competition Team won 19 awards, including eight Governor's Awards, on Jan. 30 at the annual Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey competition at Rutgers University.

The Governor's Award is the highest honor in the state anyone can receive for education.

Pinelands has been a part of the competition for more than 20 years, and has had great success over the past five years.

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Students compete in six major categories - Comedic and Dramatic Pairs, Comedic and Dramatic Monologues, Scenes (three or more actors) and Improvisational Pairs. There also are Governor's Awards for a Senior Scholarship, Best Actor and Best Actress.

The winners are:

Comedic monologue - First place, Chris Qualiano, Little Egg Harbor Township (Governor's Award); fourth place, Melissa Boldridge, LEHT; sixth place, Ryan Smith, LEHT; finalist, Karlyn Baranowski, LEHT

Improvisational pairs - First place, Dan Cerullo, LEHT, and Ali Ceresani, LEHT (Governor's Award); fourth place, Emma Cassel, Tuckerton, and Brenda Hudacko, Eagleswood Township; finalists, Chris Qualiano and Danielle Cooley, LEHT

Comedic Pairs - First place, Ryan Smith and Danielle Cooley, Governor's Award; second place, Jake Bolton, LEHT, and Chris Qualiano; sixth place, Emma Cassel and Jackie Neilson, Tuckerton; finalists, Danielle Brown, LEHT, and Alyssa Rossi, LEHT

Scene - first place, "The Dining Room" by A.R. Gurney, Danielle Brown, Governor's Award. Cast: Chris Qualiano, Danielle Brown, Alyssa Rossi, Jarrett Strenner, LEHT and Melissa Boldridge; second place,"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, Best Actor, Chris Qualiano, Governor's Award

Senior Scholarship - Jake Bolton, Governor's Award

Dramatic Pairs - second place, Lauren Pickel, LEHT, and Melissa Boldridge; fifth place, Ali Ceresani and Brian Birks, LEHT

Dramatic Monologue - fourth place, Jake Bolton; finalist, Katie Martucci, LEHT

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