Approximately 150 Decorah High School students participated in the Northeast State Large Group Speech Contest hosted at Decorah High School on February 8. DHS speech students are coached by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks, Molly Holkesvik, Carrie Kauffman, Gabriel Twedt, and Cydney Weitzel.
Judges at the state contest selected eight of Decorah High School students’ performances as outstanding; these are honored with the coveted All-State Speech nomination. As in the past, two judges needed to nominate the groups to be considered worthy of this recognition. Complete results and programs can be found on the IHSSA website at www.ihssa.org.
The directors shared, “We are so deeply proud of what our students have accomplished this year. We continue to look forward to the rest of the speech season with individual speech rehearsals already in progress.”
DHS speech groups receiving a nomination as an All-State Honoree include one musical theater, one solo mime, one group mime, one choral reading, one-act play, one television news, one radio broadcasting, and one ensemble acting.
Varsity Team All-State Nominations:
A Chorus Line–Directed by Gabe Twedt and Carrie Kauffman
Participants include Ally Bouska, Ella Grouws, Tyler Irwin, Sierra Kruger, Ada Lovelace, Noah Lovelace, Jake Magner, and Haywood Stowe.
Solo Mime–Directed by Molly Holkesvik, Gabe Twedt, and Carrie Kauffman
“Cake Loss”–Kendra Bigler
Group Mime– Directed by Molly Holkesvik and Carrie Kauffman
Participants include Sally Laybourn, Amanda Kavan, Rebecca Anderson, Fiona Buresh, Anja Madsen, and Ruby Sullivan.
Choral Reading–Directed by Molly Holkesvik
“The Complete History of America Abridged”
Participants include Peter Wilson, Luke Walter, Ellen Rooney, Maggie Kane, Leslie Campbell, Julia Alberts, Amanda Kavan, Clara Rooney, Sophia Christman, Michael Njus, Ella Grouws, Drew Chamberlain, Nolan Jacobsen, Lydia Ihde, and Alex Kane.
One Act–Directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks and Cydney Weitzel
Participants include Sarah Pedlar, Anna Tallier, Matthew Smith, Rebecca Anderson, Ellen Rooney, Emma Humpal, Dylan Muhlbauer, Simon Mumford, Gabe Anderson, Sam See, Ada Lovelace, and Hogan Smith.
TV News–Directed by Molly Holkesvik and Gabe Twedt
Participants include Abby Milburn, Britann Mittelle, Amelia Dugger, Samantha Reilly, Karter Einck, Ashley Schneberger, Lydia Ihde, Anna Tallier, Emma Nierengarten, Edwin Holyoake, Neptune Atwell, Kaia Neal, Annika Franzen, and Drew Berns.
Radio–Directed by Gabe Twedt
Participants include Abby Moen, Katelyn Christensen, Alysa Hanson, Easton Luzum, Luke Walter, Sylvia Sandhorst, and Morgan Moen.
Ninth Grade Team All-State Nomination:
Ensemble Acting–Directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks
“The Santaland Diaries”
Participants include Gabriel Hiner, Kathryn Kelly, Libby Phillips, Danielle Rix, Lucas Arndt, and Peter Essa.