Five A-W Speech groups win at State

Posted February 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Every single one!

The Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech contestants performed in five state contest categories, and all five came home with overall Division I – Superior ratings.

Even better, the four varsity groups received “Straight I’s” — an “I” rating from every one of their three-judge panels on Feb. 8 at the Northwest Large Group State Contest site in Le Mars.

“That is an accomplishment rarely achieved,” said Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech Coach Susan Anderson.

At the Le Mars site, there were 110 high school Large Group Speech teams competing in the Northwest Iowa State Contest Division. Speech Contests are not divided into classes like sports’ teams are. All Speech contestants compete together — regardless

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