Ponchatoula High School received first place in the one-act play competition at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Speech and Theatre Festival, held recently on campus.

Ponchatoula’s winning performance was one act from the play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder.

Kristen Swanson, of Hammond High School, was an individual winner for prose interpretation.

“This event has been taking place for over 30 years,” said communication instructor Terri Miller-Drufner, who coordinated the event.

“And the talent continues to shine in our area. These students work hard all year and represent their schools in the competition that could possibly send them to the State Literary Rally.”

Students who receive superior rankings in their specific categories qualify for state competition.