A-W has four All-State Speech recipients

Posted March 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

Four Akron-Westfield Individual Events Speech contestants received All-State honors with their vocal performances at the State Individual Events Speech competition on Saturday.

They are:

• Alex Franker, Acting;

• Eliza Kjar, Prose;

• Kali Kriener, Storytelling; and

• Cali Westergard, After Dinner Speaking.

Twenty of the 22 students who competed at the district contest received Superior “I” ratings and advanced to the state competition. Their coach is Colleen Westergard.

The rest of the state results were:

Superior “I” Ratings

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