Large Group Speech competitors advance to state

Posted February 1, 2020 at 10:11 pm

Five Large Group Speech groups are heading to the state competition after winning at Saturday’s District Contest, which was held at Sioux City East High School.

“The Westerner Speech students had a successful day considering the tough competition and the number of larger schools involved in their district,” said A-W Large Group Speech Coach Susan Anderson. “And rather difficult judging.”

Advancing to the State Contest are:

• Chloral Reading – “The Life of a Teenager,” performed by Nevaeh Beyers, Raileigh Edwards, Aubie Hartman, Keira Hillrichs, Kayla Johnson, Cassie Miller, Madelynn Munsen, Matthew Nielsen, Sydney Parks, Sam Philips, Landon Schuknecht, Sean Steffens, Sadie Toben, Kailee Tucker, and Kyle Welch.

• Readers Theatre – “I Just Wanna Tell Somebody,” with cast comprised of Jack Anderson, Aubie Hartman, Kayla Johnson, Emma Martinac, Cael Moffatt, Tori Nemesio, Matthew Nielsen, Sydney Parks, Sam Philips, Landon Schuknecht, Hannah Schwartz, Sean Steffens, Megan Swancutt, Kailee Tucker and Kyle Welch.

• Ensemble Acting – “I Bring You Flowers,” performed by Jack Anderson and Megan Swancutt.

• Ensemble Acting – “Thistle Blossoms,” with Cassie Miller and Madelynn Munsen.

• Junior Varsity – Freshmen: Ensemble Acting – “Bathers,” performed by Sophia Martinac, Ellie Martinsen and Lauryn Saathoff.

Other District Contestants

According to Anderson, the following groups are not competing at state but still excelled in their presentations Saturday:

• Varsity Ensemble Acting – “Nothing In Common,” performed by Emma Martinac and Hannah Schwartz.

• Junior Varsity Readers Theatre – “The End of Summer,” with Tyler Ford, Katie Johnson, Sophia Martinac, Ellie Martinsen, Lauryn Saathoff, and Michael Swancutt.

Junior Varsity Ensemble Acting – “A Storm Is Breaking,” performed by Alyssa Frye and Audrey Liebetrau.

“Congratulations on a fabulous District Speech Contest,” said Anderson. noting on Feb. 8, the Northwest Iowa schools — one-fourth of the state — will compete at the State Large Group Speech Contest in Le Mars — it doesn’t matter what size of school they come from, they compete together — different from other competitions where schools are divided into classes based on student enrollment numbers.

“These students work hours to perfect their skills and are some of the best in the entire state of Iowa. Best wishes for a fantastic state competition, Westerners,” said Anderson.

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