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Lake Oswego student's play runner up in national contest

A play by Lake Oswego junior high school student Chloe Ruse has been recognized as runner up in a national Theatre for Young Audiences USA competition that sheds light on bullying.

The Oregon Children’s Theatre recognized Rust’s play, “Bullies Anonymous,” in the national Dramatic Change: Anti-Bullying Initiative contest.

The play, “Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest,” by Michael Ford of Phoenix, Ariz., won first place in the competition.

Rust, an eighth grader from Lakeridge Junior High School, participated in last year’s Bully Project and came in third.

For the competition, middle school students from fifth to eighth grade in Oregon and Washington submitted 10-minute plays about bullying. The Theatre for Young Audiences USA and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education will publish Rust’s script, along with the other submitted plays in an anthology.

All plays from the project will be available without charge on the Oregon Children’s Theatre website for teachers to use in the classroom.

The Oregon Children’s Theatre will read some of the plays during a May 11 reading, 5 p.m., at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway. For more information, check the website, www.octc.org/schoolservices/bullyproject.