HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: MFL MarMac enjoys state speech experience

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By Ashley Ann Heins, MFL MarMac sophomore

The MFL MarMac speech team traveled to Waukon last month where six groups performed for the chance to go to the Northeast Iowa State Speech Competition at Dubuque Senior High School.

The six groups were Short Film, Group Mime, Improv, Readers Theater, TV News, and Radio Broadcasting.

“It was a really fun experience to go to a school filled with students all trying to receive the same score,” freshman Austin Bernard said.

After the long wait for the results, three of the six groups received "I’s" and were able to travel to Dubuque for the competition. which was held Feb. 2. A "I" rating in the highest rating a group can receive, which means the act is able to move on to state. Receiving one at state also makes the group eligible for All-State, if they are nominated by the judges.

The competition in Dubuque was filled with suspense as each group performed and again waited for their results to be posted. Both the TV News and Improv groups were disappointed when they received a "II," which meant they could not be nominated for All-State.

“I had an amazing time at state speech and I hope next year my Improv group achieves our goal on making it to state a third time and performing at All-State,” sophomore Chloe Landt said.

The short film group, on the other hand, checked their score and had received all "I’s." The film, which was a music video called “Once Upon a Dream," was complimented by the judges on its timing to the music and the editing performed on the video itself. They had the chance to perform at All-State, but were not nominated as they had hoped.

“Although we didn’t have the opportunity to go to All-State, we made it through district and state with straight I’s," junior Sheree Scarff said. "For that, I am proud of our team, including our amazing speech group.

"This year was superb.”

Speech Coach Angie Killian was was excited about the performances.

“I enjoy seeing students gain confidence in their public speaking abilities and to know that what they learn through these experiences will carry over into their everyday lives," she said.


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