Humphrey St. Francis emerged as the champion Wednesday in the Class D1 portion of the state one-act play tournament at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk.
Students from St. Francis — under the direction of Michael McPhillips and Tina Schumacher — performed “No Loose Ends” to win the title. The three judges at the competition separately ranked them first, second and second to top the six-school field.
In addition, Kelly Zach of St. Francis was named the outstanding male performer in Class D1.
Pawnee City finished second in the class, followed by Paxton, Callaway, Wilcox-Hildreth and Bloomfield. Lee Ann Runyon directed the Bloomfield students in their performance of “Conflict.”
Eve Beethe of Pawnee City was named Class D1’s outstanding female performer, and Callaway was named the outstanding technical crew.
In Class D2, McPherson County won the state title, followed by St. Edward. Its students performed “Captain Bree and her Lady Pirates,” directed by Chase King. Alias Schumacher of St. Edward was named Class D1’s outstanding male performer.
Leigh High finished third in Class D2, performing “Phantom of the Playground,” directed by Kylie Hollatz, while Chambers High finished fourth. Its students performed “The Book of Everything” directed by Jeremy Woeppel.
Rounding out Class D2 was Loomis in fifth place and Shickley in sixth.
Shickley was named the outstanding technical crew, and Hollianna Watson of McPherson County was named the outstanding female performer.
Class C1 and C2 schools were scheduled to compete Thursday, with Class B and Class A schools set for Friday.