PC Speech sets new State record

by Ryan Van Gilst


Five PC large group speech events received straights I’s from their judges at Linn-Mar High School for State competition on February 3 . The results from the day were record-breaking, since it was the first time that every event going to state earned straight ones.

More records were broken when PC’s One Act, Readers Theatre, and Newsies Musical Theatre all received performing bids for the All State Large Group Speech Festival. This is the first time PC has had more than one event perform. Only 8 One Acts across Iowa will be performing, 12 Readers Theatres from across the state, and only 20 Musical theatres in Iowa have been selected.  “And PCHS is among each of those elite!” said coach Marlo Van Peursem. “This is an incredibly huge honor for the students! PCHS has had several large group events nominated each year, but we have never had three events actually performing at the All-State Festival.”

Van Peursem is very proud of all the students.  “They are very talented, they’ve worked hard and they deserve this high honor!” he said. Less than five percent of events that participate at Districts get recognition at the Allstate Festival at ISU on February 17.

PC Large Group Speech team started their road to State with a very successful day at District competition in Montezuma. Out of the five performing events, all received I ratings and moved on to the State level. The sixth event, Short Film, received a II rating.

Coach Lisa Van Gilst was happy with how the day went. “Our kids always come well prepared. It was exciting to see all of our events do well and the students’ hard work pay off. We had great judges and can’t wait to see what they can do at State competition,” she said.

The five events consisted of One Act, Readers Theatre, Choral Reading, and two Musical Theatres. This year’s One Act is The Yellow Boat, a story about a boy who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. Dark Road is the title of Readers Theatre and presents the timeline of a guard in a female concentration camp and how her actions allow evil to become ordinary during the Holocaust. Choral Reading’s The Creation depicts the formation of the earth and a meaningful parallel to the story of the Lorax. The girls’ Musical Theatre is Legally Blonde and the boys are performing Newsies.

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