Student actors at Troy Howard Middle School (THMS) in Belfast took the first place overall honors in the second annual Maine Student Actors Competition (MSAC).

The 2012 competition, which was held at THMS Saturday, April 28, included more than 20 middle school actors from THMS, as well as groups from Searsport Middle School, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Lincolnville Central School, Riley School in Rockport, North Haven Community School, Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield and Bangor-area middle schools.

The second-place overall winner was Lincolnville Central School, followed by the actors from the Riley School, who earned third-place.

Belfast also took first in the group musicals division, with Bangor and Searsport taking second and third places, respectively. Bangor won first-place in the group acting contest, with Belfast garnering second and Pittsfield coming in third.

In the duo musical category, Belfast’s Harley Leino and Cameron Pillitteri came out on top, with Nick Danby and Connor Kenney snagging a second-place win for Bangor and Olivia LaRoche and Madison Hemingway securing third.

The duo acting division also had the Belfast actors placing twice, with Pillitteri and Alyson Peabody winning first and the team of Olivia Andrews and McCartney Wyatt posting the third-place win. Danby and Kenny of Bangor took the second-place slot.

Belfast swept the solo musical category, with Pillitteri coming in first, Avery Kreamer winning second place and Abigail Kirk taking third.

For solo acting, Danby of Bangor earned the top honor, followed by Belfast’s Peabody in second and Olivia Lovejoy in third.

In an article that was published prior to the MSAC, event organizer and THMS performing arts teacher Jason Bannister said the competition is about so much more than the ability to put on a good show.

“I try not to have the kids focus too much on the competition element of it, but that’s also a big part of the real world, being judged and learning from it,” said Bannister. “I really want them to try and look at the feedback, and what kinds of things the judges comment on. That, and meeting kids from other schools who love acting, too.”

Any middle school in Maine interested in learning more about the 2013 MSAC, contact Bannister at 338-3320, ext. 101.