DHS speech students await All-State Festival nominations

Decorah High School speech students participated in State Large Group Speech Contest on Saturday, Feb. 3, held at Dubuque Senior High School.
Coaches said the performers had an excellent showing, earning 24 Division I ratings out of 27 entries. The ninth-grade team performed in six entries, while the varsity team performed in 22 entries.
“Our students did a wonderful job representing our school. They worked hard and
performed with poise, professionalism, and personality. We are extremely proud of them.
They continue to bring so much to the speech program and our community,” remarked
the directors.
All-State nominations will be released later in the week. Those advancing to All-State Speech Festival will travel to Iowa State University in Ames for the Feb. 17 event.
Cast lists for the varsity groups receiving the coveted “I” rating at state contest are as
follows:
Choral Reading “The Eras of Taylor Swift” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Annika
Krieg.
Participants include Alex McGohan, Julia Severtson, Lexy Walker, Paige Wrightsman,
Hannah Arendt, Natalie Goodner, Kaylie Wemark, Caden Branum, Bethany Hanson,
Evon Leitz, Nathan Swarbrick, Liz Pritchard, Grace Blikre, and Caleb Johnson.
Ensemble Acting “The Day the Internet Died” was directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks.
Participants include Davis Coppola, Karmyn Bakken, Kathryn Kelly, Klaara Short, Liam
Chamberlain, and Lucas Hanson.
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Ensemble Acting “The Yellow Boat” was directed by Molly Holkesvik and Annika
Krieg.
Participants include Anders Lovstuen, Evon Leitz, Ezra Harman-Wood, Klara Kelly,
Peter Essa, and Grace Blikre.
Group Improv was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks, and Lyra
McKnight.
Participants performed in three groups.
Group One: Anders Lovstuen, Henry Weis, Oliver Brummel, and Beau Newhouse
Group Two: Joe Stammeyer, Tommy Hammel, and Jack Sovern
Group Three: Liam Chamberlain, Greta Jones, Ansel Kowitz, and Nat Roberts
Group Mime “Night at the Art Museum” was directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks and
Lyra McKnight.
Participants include Brynn Storhoff, Kathleen Delphey, Anopa Mtisi, Evynne Downing,
Camryn Holland, and Ariana Albert.
Solo Mime “Midnight Madness” by Jensen Korsness was directed by Molly Holkesvik,
Gabriel Twedt, and Carrie Kauffman.
Solo Mime “Magnificent Malvollio’s Mishaps” by Nat Roberts was directed by Molly
Holkesvik, Gabriel Twedt, and Carrie Kauffman.
Musical Theater “Newsies” was directed by Gabriel Twedt and Carrie Kauffman.
Participants include Mikayla Hiner, Jameson LaBelle, Caleb Johnson, Andy Krueger,
Abbie Valkosky, Gabriel Hiner, June Breitenbach-Dirks, and Elsa Christman.
Musical Theater “Tick, Tick…Boom” was directed by Gabriel Twedt and Carrie
Kauffman.
Participants include Connor Evelsizer, Bethany Hanson, Ezra Vorvick, Libby Phillips,
Hayley Stowe, Oliver Brummel, Gwen Thompson, and Lucas Hanson.
One Act Play “She Kills Monsters” was directed by Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks and
Gabriel Twedt.
Participants include Kathryn Kelly, Elliana Brodbeck, McKenzie Riley, Ezra Vorvick,
Gabriel Hiner, Libby Phillips, Julia Severtson, Hayley Stowe, Annika Keefe, Andy
Kruger, June Breitenbach-Dirks, Nora Lesmeister, Kaylie Wemark, and Cody Carolan.
Radio Broadcasting “KWAK” was directed by Gabriel Twedt and Carrie Kauffman.
Participants include Tommy Hammel, Camryn Holland, Lily Sandhorst, Addison
Wicklund, Alex McGohan, Hannah Arendt, and Jerald Thompson.
Radio Broadcasting “KZZZ” was directed by Gabriel Twedt and Carrie Kauffman.
Participants include Grant Zilka, Ezra Harman-Wood, Faith Meyer, Lyla Lovstuen, Sam
Cline, and Joe Stammeyer.
Readers Theater “The House in the Cerulean Sea” was directed by Gabriel Twedt and
Carrie
Kauffman.
Participants include Sydney Kipp, Abbie Valkosky, Henry Weis, Greta Jones, Annika
Keefe, Nora Lesmeister, Simon Kutz, Davis Coppola, Ansel Kowitz, McKenzie Riley,
Mikayla Hiner, Jameson LaBelle, Klara Kelly, Luke Arendt, and Elliana Brodbeck.
Short Film “Not Gone, But Forgotten” was directed by Molly Holkesvik, Lyra
McKnight, and Annika Krieg

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