The Alta varsity and junior varsity speech teams dominated the District Large Group Speech Contest last Saturday in Correctionville, as 10 out of 13 total groups from AHS competing at the event posted scores of "1," earning them trips to the State Large Group Speech Contest Feb. 2 at Spencer.
The high percentage of large groups earning trips to state impressed AHS speech instructor Brad Nesbitt, who said he was extremely proud of the 60 students who traveled to River Valley High School for the event.
"We really had a super day," Nesbitt said. "To have 10 of 13 make it was really great for our kids, because they put a lot of time and work into this. I was really proud of how we performed, and more so with the amount of underclassmen that we had. The seniors are excellent leaders, and they helped everyone do great at the event."
Three junior varsity groups earned "1" ratings, while seven varsity groups received similar honors. One ensemble junior varsity group received a "2," while one varsity improvisation and one varsity ensemble group were awarded "2" ratings.
While happy with the amount of "1" ratings, Nesbitt said he was also satisfied with some of the "2" ratings, as he noted that those students gained invaluable experience at the district event.
"I was just as proud of the groups that got twos as I was of the ones," Nesbitt said. "There were some underclassmen in the groups that received twos, and it was very important for them to gain the experience that comes with performing at districts. I was glad to see them give their best efforts and gain that experience."
The Alta students competed at the event with performers from 16 other schools, including Galva-Holstein, Odebolt-Arthur, Schaller-Crestland, Washington High of Cherokee, Wall Lake View-Auburn, St. Mary's of Storm Lake, and Storm Lake High School.
The Cyclones next compete at the state event in Spencer with students from the three other district sites of Moville, Milford and Fort Dodge.
Alta 9th Results
Choral Reading (1 rating): Nick Nesbitt, Adam Petersen, Wyatt Svendsen, Holly Leyden, Tyler Van Houten, Kayla Suhr, Nathan Nickolisen, Leah Marshall, Lisa Bengston, Lamphay Gounyavouth, Gloria Crespin, Justin DeMan, Jarrod Garrison, Jennifer Mahr
Group Improvisation (1 rating): Nick Nesbitt, Adam Pedersen, Wyatt Svendsen, Holly Leyden
Group Improvisation (1 rating): Brett Hahn, Lisa Bengsten, Leah Marshall
Ensemble Acting (2 rating): Tyler Van Houten, Charles Ryherd, Delayne Delbridge
Alta Varsity Results
Readers Theatre (1 rating): Megan Bishop, Alyssa Loehr, Ashley Loehr, Leah Petersen, Sam Quirk, Brittany Ryherd, Heather Anderson, Angie Brugman, Jo Grieme, Steph Grieme, Jamie Hammer, Blake Lytle, Jerrica Miller, Heath Stille, Kristen Meyer
Choral Reading (1 rating): Kole Petersen, Elizabeth Pedersen, Jon Weinhold, Heidi Meyer, Lacey Nielsen, Brooke Sliefert, Jill Carstensen, Kristy McGowan, Steve Mahr, Jaime Parkhurst, Molly Schroeder, Greta Lichtenberg, Sarah Holmes, Ashlea Payne, Diana Paup
Musical Theatre "Guys and Dolls" (1 rating): Kristy McGowan, Jill Carstensen
Group Improvisation (1 rating): Kole Petersen, Jon Weinhold, Elizabeth Pedersen
Group Improvisation (2 rating): Dana Hallengren, Ben Jessen, Seth Hesse
Group Improvisation (1 rating): Marc Anderson, Jared Neff, Kalvin Busby
Ensemble Acting (2 rating): Diana Paup, Sam Quirk, Leah Pedersen, Molly Schroeder
Ensemble Acting (1 rating): Elijah Hansen, Brittany Ryherd, Steve Mahr, Jim Braunshweig
Solo Mime (1 rating): Elizabeth Kennedy