PCHS forensics celebrates record breaking season

by Olivia Van Kooten/olivank19@pceagles.org

Several new records were set this season for individual forensics: three students in four events were selected to perform at the All-State Festival at UNI on March 25.   In addition, ten events all received straight ones from every single judge at the State forensics competition at North Scott High School on March 9–also a new record for the team.

Director Marlo Van Peursem was very proud of all the hard work these individuals did. “PCHS has never had a double performer in Individual All-State so that is a school record,” he said.

Individual forensics competitions began at District level in February at Grinnell High School, with 11 students performing 16 events.  Results from Districts allowed 13 of those events and nine students to advance to State competition, but only ten events competed because of illness.  

Senior Tyler Egesdal earned two individual forensics All-State awards.

When All State results were posted several days later, seniors Tyler Egesdal and Emma Stravers and freshman Trent Van Gilst were selected to perform at the All State Festival on March 25 at UNI, with Egesdal qualifying in two events, improv and  the solo musical theatre piece “Goodbye,” from Catch Me if You Can.  Stravers performed a prose piece called “Closure,” and Van Gilst was selected for his literary program “Shades of Green.”  

Forensics coach Lisa Van Gilst was excited about the results. “I was so happy for Tyler and Emma since they were seniors, and for Trent as a freshman to make it is pretty amazing,” ‘said Van Gilst.  “Individual speech is really about what you as an individual want to put into it. It is up to you to practice daily as I as the coach only work with them once a week at school. So major congrats to all.”

Egesdal appreciated watching other high quality forensics events at All-State. “One thing I really enjoyed about All-State was seeing a bunch of talented, hardworking people who love speech as much as I do,” Egesdal said.  

Stravers agreed. “All-State was so fun to see the talents of so many students across the state. It’s so incredible to be surrounded by so much talent, and quality art,” she said.

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