Speech Forensics set school record at State

by Sierra Pleima/sieplei20@pceagles.org

A new school record was set Saturday, Feb. 2, at State Speech in Cedar Rapids, when four PC groups were nominated to move on to All-State. The Speech Forensics group of 41 students brought eight events to the State competition, and despite the low chances of making it to All-State, the students’ talent and hard work shone through. Choral reading was nominated as non-performing, and readers theatre, musical theater, and short film were selected to perform for the All-State Festival held on Feb. 16 at ISU.

The weather prohibited many practices and moved back All-City and Districts, taking away preparation time for State. Districts was postponed four times before the weather cooperated, and participants were allowed to perform. All-City was rescheduled to perform on Feb. 12, but was, once again, postponed to Monday, Feb.18, and scaled back to being just a PC event, rather than both PC and Pella High. This gave students a chance to showcase their events to the Pella community. “The speech night was a lot of fun. It was nice to end the Large Group Speech season by being able to showcase all of the talents in one night,” said coach Marlo Van Peursem.

Back in November, students started practicing events such as readers theatre, choral reading, short film, one act, ensemble acting, group improv, and two musical theatre groups. They practiced several times a week before or after school. Speech Forensic coaches Marlo Van Peursem, Lisa Van Gilst and Cory Van Gilst had their hands full with scheduling practices based on weather and when students could work it into their schedules. “A highlight for me as a coach is seeing everyone support and “show up” for each other at the competitions, whether that is helping with makeup, setup of sets or just being there to see every event compete!” said Lisa Van Gilst.

Since All-State is not competitive, students enjoyed performing without the pressure of judges. “I love getting to see the finished product of everyone’s hard work,” said junior Emily Van Beek. “There’s nothing better than watching all your friends showcase their talents in ways you’ve never seen before, after they’ve spent every second of their free time working towards their goal.”

To watch the PC’s All State short film go to https://bit.ly/2SXO3z6

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