The UIL Area One Act Play contest was held on Feb. 12 at Midlothian High School. Waxahachie’s Howard and Finley Junior High Schools competed against middle schools from Midlothian, Red Oak, and Ennis. Howard performed the play “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, directed by Chad Moore. Finley staged “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Charity Mullican. Finley Junior High took second place in the competition and Howard Junior High took third.

Howard student Davin Lunsford won Best Actor of the contest. Also from Howard, Rebecca Ramirez won a Best Tech award, Carleigh Loden won an All Star Cast Award, and Emily Bowers won an honorable mention for All Star Cast.

Best Actress of the contest was awarded to Finley’s Hannah Martin. Finley’s Taylor Green won an All Star Cast award, and Turner Mullican won an honorable mention for All Star Cast. The All Star Tech award also went to Finley’s Viridiana Gonzalez.