Two brothers have emerged as the top national winners at the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The award is part of the American College Theatre Festival.

Scott Claflin, who recently completed his sophomore year at BYU, received the top male acting award and a $2,500 scholarship, and his brother, James Claflin, who was Scott's acting partner, received the partnering award and a $500 scholarship.James has an acting degree from BYU and graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in April.

To get to the finals, Scott first completed against 327 students from 70 learning institutions from California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Guam in February, where he qualified for finals with 15 other thespians from other regions. Actors performed a five-minute scene with a partner and presented a monologue.

Scott Claflin acted with his brother in a scene from "Orphans" and portrayed a mentally handicapped 17-year-old. For his monologue, he played a 30-year-old aristocrat in "Merry Wives of Windsor."

Claflin, who studies communications and Spanish at BYU, began his college studies in 1984. He served an LDS mission, then played principal roles in two movies, "At Gun Point," available in video stores, and "Rockwell," a movie designed for summer theatrical release.