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Friday, March 27, 2009

(Photo contributed) Sana Naqvi displays a picture of Andy Warhol, one of her visual aids, for her All State Speech Expository Address.
Five Le Mars Community High School students and one from Gehlen Catholic High School will take part on the Iowa High School Speech Association's All-State Individual Speech Festival Monday, March 30.

The Festival opens at 8:30 a.m. in the McLeod Center next to the UNI Dome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

LCHS students Ellie Hemmingson and Palani Permeswaran took All-State honors in two categories, with Sam Shroeder, Tiara Wentz and Bethany Fischer taking honors in single categories.

Le Mars Community High (Photo contributed) School students preparing for All-State Individual Speech performances March 30 are (from left) -- Sam Schroeder (storytelling), Ellie Hemmingson (acting and literary program), Tiara Wentz (acting), Bethany Fischer (acting), Palani Permeswaran (after dinner speaking and expository address).
Sana Naqvi of Gehlen was selected to perform her expository address at the All-State event.

Expository address is a memorized, informative speech of six minutes or less. Students are judged on the structure of their piece and the use of visual aids. Naqvi's expository address is on her favorite artist, Andy Warhol.

Gehlen Catholic speech coach Elizabeth Rogers noted Naqvi went "outside of the box." Instead of using a power point, she used framed prints, books, and even wigs and corsets that Warhol wore for her speech.

LCHS student Palani Permeswaran choose "Sleep: It Does a Body Good" for his expository address.

Permeswaran also took honors in the after-dinner speaking category. This is a memorized, humorous speech of five minutes or less to an imagined audience (like at a banquet). Permeswaran's after-dinner audience is "SSSTBECA: Society for Students Stretched Thin By Extra-Curricular Activities."

Hemmingson's All-State acting piece is "Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe." Fischer's piece is "Love is like a Roller Coaster;" Wentz chose "Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren" as her acting piece.

Acting is a memorized, dramatic or humorous performance of eight minutes or less.

Hemmingson also took All-State honors in the Literary Program category. This is a read interpretation of poetry and prose. Hemmingson's theme is "Abandonment."

Schroeder will perform in storytelling with "Tikki Tikki Tembo." Storytelling is a memorized telling of a story of five minutes or less.

According to LCHS coach Sherry Permeswaran, students have to be nominated as "outstanding" by at least two or their three judges at state competition to go to All-State for an individual speech event.

"It is very difficult to be selected," Sherry said. "In most contest centers, only three or four performances from the whole day receive enough votes."

This year Le Mars Community High School students earned 30 I's and seven II's at the state individual speech competition. Gehlen students earned seven I's and three II's at the March 14 state competition.

The Iowa High School Speech Association is headed by former Le Mars Community teacher and speech coach, Craig Ihnen.

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