Individual Speech All-State
Individual Speech students have been working on their speech pieces since the beginning of January. They have to learn and sometimes memorize a speech that is several minutes long, and perform it with expression, passion and appropriate hand/body gestures. This is a great exercise in public speaking which is an essential life skill! It is a more time consuming and challenging event than people realize.
If students progress from Districts to State, they can be nominated for All-State which is the highest honor a speech student can achieve. This year we have TWO students who achieved this honor! Anna Van Aartsen achieved All-State for her musical theater performance of Shy from Once Upon a Mattress and Eliora Enriquez achieved All-State for her public speech of Somewhere in America. How does one earn this prestigious honor? Three judges critiqued performances at the state level. If the performer receives at least two “I” ratings from the judges, he/she will receive an overall “I” rating. Then, it is possible to be considered for the All-State Festival. Two “I” ratings, however, do not guarantee an All-State selection. Two of the judges must make this recommendation.
Because of the limitations due to Covid and venues across the state, the All-State festival not have in-person or virtual performances this year. The festival normally showcases the most outstanding performers in the state with one judge providing comments at the end of each category session - no individual ratings are given at All-State. Congratulations to Anna, Eliora, and speech advisor Mrs. Langholdt!