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St. Joseph students honored at

Mississippi Thespian Conference


MADISON (Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018) – Senior Leah Blevins will advance to the national competition in Lincoln, Neb., this summer after receiving a Superior Award last week for a solo musical theater piece at the state theater competition.

Blevins was one of several St. Joe students honored at the Mississippi Thespian Conference in Tupelo Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24.  Mississippi Thespians and the Educational Theatre Association sponsored the event.

“We are so proud of Leah, her fine work and great award she received,” Principal Dena Kinsey said. “These awards and St. Joe’s performance at the conference highlights just how strong our Fine Arts program is at St. Joe.”

St. Joseph Catholic School provides students in Grades 7-12 a rigorous college preparatory education grounded in the teachings of the Catholic church. The school is in Madison on Mississippi 463, about a mile west of Interstate 55.

St. Joseph was founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy. The school is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and AdvancED; named St. Joe Mississippi’s No. 1 Catholic high school in 2016 and again in 2017.

The school has an active Fine Arts program, offering students classes in band, theater, music and art. The theater program is especially active, producing a play each fall and musical every spring. This year’s musical is “Bye Bye Birdie”

Besides winning a Superior Award, Blevins also was inducted into the Thespian Hall of Fame for her outstanding presence in theater and her school. Other St. Joe students also were honored at the conference and received the following awards:

Excellent awards: Alice McPhail and Mary Grace Stewart, duet acting; Claire Conn and Anna Rose Myrick, duet acting; Leila De Gruy, monologue; Olivia Patterson, solo musical theatre; and Katie Joseph, Jamarcus Sutton, Julian Brown and Sam Indest, group acting.

Good awards: Linda Martinez and Barri Teeter, duet musical theatre; Emma Dotson and Alexia Brown, duet acting; Jax Rasmussen, technical theatre-costume design; and Larissa Armour, solo musical theater.

“St. Joe has a great group of talented theater students who always give it their best in all that they do,” said Leslie Harkins, the school’s theater teacher who accompanied the students to the conference. 

“These awards show how strong and how hard our students work. With our spring musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ about a month away, and with many of these students working on the production, I can’t wait to see what they do next.”



St. Joseph Catholic School students attended the Mississippi Thespian Conference in Tupelo Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. Pictured here are, back row from left: Alexia Brown, Alice McPhail, Anna Rose Myrick, Leila deGruy, Leslie Harkins, Larissa Armour, Katie Joseph, Julian Brown, Jamarcus Sutton and Jax Rasmussen. Front row: Barri Teeter, Mary Grace Stewart, Leah Blevins, Claire Conn, Olivia Patterson, Emma Dotson and Linda Martinez. In front is Sam Indest.




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