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Large Group Speech Students Advance to State Competition

By Staff | Feb 2, 2016

District competition for Large Group Speech Contest was held in Spencer Saturday, Jan. 23. Several groups attended from Emmetsburg and Graettinger-Terril/ Ruthven-Ayrshire with those earning a Division 1 advancing to State Contest in Le Mars on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Large Group Speech involves Ensemble Acting, Choral Reading and Improv. Ensemble reading is a theatrical performance by two to six persons, Choral Reading involves group interpretation of a text using a variety of solo and ensemble speaking and Improv is the art of creating and presenting a story using a situation and two separate characters.

Six groups attended from Emmetsburg, with three of them advancing to the state competition. The groups were coached by Amy Thompson.

Ensemble Acting: At Home with Tess and Wanda, received a Division 1 rating. Contestants were Keagan Barrett, Alexis Whitney, and Linnea Ankeny. This group will be advancing to state.

Ensemble Acting: He Said, She Said, received a Division 1 rating. Contestants were Alex Gray, Michael Frerichs, Alexis Moen, and Alexis Louwagie. This group will be advancing to state

Ensemble Acting: He Said, She Said, received a Division 2 rating. Contestants were Bryar Olson, Kendra Hill, Haley Jackson, and Adriana Alcala.

Improv Acting received a Division 1 rating. Contestants were Alex Gray, Jacob Wickman, Alexis Moen and Michael Frerichs. This group will be advancing to state.

Improv Acting received a Division 2 rating. Contestants were Chloe Schiek, Bryar Olson, Alexis Whitney and Haley Jackson.

Improv Acting received a Division 2 rating. Contestants were Keagan Barrett, Wayne Barrett, Thatcher Whitney and Aaron Hutchison.

Three groups attended from Graettinger-Terril/ Ruthven-Ayrshire, with all three advancing to the state competition. The groups were coached by Chris Myers.

Choral Reading: The Battle of the Sexes received a Division 1 rating. Contestants were Isaac Eldridge, Ethan Boughey, RaeAnn Krull, Becky Noah, Jaecy Hauge, Carme Marsai, Anna Sorenson, Kady Feldhacker, Emma Feldhacker Eric Sundall, Jared Sikora, Cassy Olesen, Sara Harris, Sophia Moran and Hunter Andresen. This group will be advancing to state.

Male Improve received a Division 1 rating. Contestants were Ethan Boughey, Hunter Andresen and Joshua Petrich. This group will be advancing to state.

Female Improve Group received a Division 1 rating. Contestants were Anna Sorenson, Emma Feldhacker, Cassy Olesen and Carme Marai. This group will be advancing to state.