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USC Upstate Students Win Awards At South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association Statewide Convention

04- 21- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - University of South Carolina Upstate students took home several awards this past weekend from the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (SCSTA) Statewide Convention held at Newberry College. The team of Tiffany Marler, Xavier Hernandez and Christina Landrum received the SCSTA Sweepstakes Award, the highest award given to any organization and the equivalent to a sports state championship, for having the highest team score of all competitors at the convention.

Students Receive SCSTA Award
USC Upstate students Tiffany Marler, Christina Landrum, Xavier Hernandez,
and theatre professor Rich Robinson.

“USC Upstate was the smallest team entry amongst 10 college and universities from throughout South Carolina,” said Jimm Cox, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies. “This is an exceptional accomplishment for these students and for Professor Rich Robinson, who coached them.”

In addition to the Sweepstakes Award, the students also won two other awards. Xavier Hernandez, a senior from Columbia, and Christina Landrum, a senior from Chesnee, won first place for their duet scene from the production of Born Yesterday. Hernandez also won second place for audition monologue. Tiffany Marler is a junior from Fountain Inn.

The South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (formerly the South Carolina Speech Communication Association) is a professional organization that promotes the study of all areas of performance and oral communication: acting, oral interpretation/performance studies, theatre, broadcasting, public speaking, discussion and debate, and speech education. Its main purpose is the advancement of the total speech and theatre effort in the educational system of the state of South Carolina.

For more details, contact Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre, at (864) 503-5621 or