After a long application process starting at the end of last school year, senior Jonah Schnell’s work towards being the Missouri Student Thespian Officer (STO) has paid off.
An STO is a representative of that student’s particular state troupe that represents the state at the International Thespian Festival and plans his or her own State Thespian Conference.
Before being elected to represent Missouri, Schnell needed two letters of recommendation and had to go through an application process. After an interview in Kansas City where he answered questions and solved problems, he received an email saying that he was a candidate for STO.
“I was really excited. Immediately I started writing my speech. [Being nominated] made my day 10 times better,” said Schnell.
Schnell then traveled to Jefferson City as a Troupe 191 delegate where the voting for STOs was held. All day he handed out business cards and talked to as many people as he could. He spent all day campaigning for the position and gave a speech. Afterwards votes were cast, and Schnell was elected as Missouri’s representative. His term will start in January.
As a Missouri representative, Schnell will help plan the next Missouri Thespian Conference and represent Missouri Thespians in the International Thespian Conference.