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Communications Students Victorious at National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts Competition


The Department of Communication Studies,Theater and Dance is pleased to announce a resounding victory at the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts Competition (NADSA), which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 21 – March 25, 2018. 

Congratulations to Dr. Julius John, director of theatre, and the following students for their wins at this year’s NADSA National competition: 

Ashlyn Denson – First Place Winner - Oral Interpretation of Poetry

Jahmiah “Gino” Cyrus – Second Place Winner - Persuasive Speaking, Third Place 

Winner - S. Randolph Edmonds Playwriting Competition

Nia McConico and Breonn Terry – Third Place Winners - Duo-Acting

Nia McConico – Third Place Winner - Dramatic Monologue

In addition to Dr. John, who serves on the executive board for NADSA, Inc., Carla Lester, past NADSA, Inc. board member and associate professor of dance and Jason Hood, production/ theater coordinator, also accompanied the students to New Orleans and assisted as they successfully competed at the conference. Conference attendance is one of the many activities that enhances student-faculty engagement.

The success of these students in competition attests to the department’s vision of written and spoken communication excellence among all Bethune-Cookman University students. Opportunities to develop in speech and dramatic arts are open to students, regardless of chosen major, through the Mary McLeod Bethune Tra-Co-Dram Players, Thurgood Marshall Speech and Debate Society, Speak Out and the Democracy Institute.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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