By: STO Piper Daniell, Midway HS, Troupe 4770
Each year at Texas Thespian Festival, a large group of young Thespians aim towards becoming an STO for the following year. In order to achieve this goal, these students take on the immense responsibilities of an STO candidate.
“I’d say that candidacy has helped me grow, not just as a leader, but also as a person,” said Candidate Talya Hammerman. “I have learned valuable skills, not to mention everyone is so uplifting and amazing. It’s truly an indescribable experience!”
Continuing, this is an incredible opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership skills. Being a candidate has provided each and every student who has been a part of the process, an inside experience on what a State Thespian Officer takes on during the duration of festival and the many months leading up to festival.
“I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time. I will use this knowledge for the rest of my life,” said Candidate Gentry Phillips. “Candidacy is not only a good learning opportunity but a fun way to connect with others.”
STO candidacy has allowed future leaders an inside perspective on how to communicate effectively, develop independence, and the result of growth in one's confidence. From candidate David Oyeleye, “Candidacy has taught me how to be more outgoing in and outside of my troupe, as well as how to bring people together”. By attending the leadership and advocacy workshops, individuals are provided with knowledge as to what Texas Thespians aim to achieve: promoting a voice for leaders, making change, and advocating for the arts. Throughout these workshops, students are taught how to better take charge among their troupe, how to advocate for the arts at a high school level, and even how to get in touch with their state representatives to better elaborate the means of theatrical education.
Thank you to every candidate who gives their time to make sure festival runs smoothly.
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