Students from Le Mars Community High School and Gehlen Catholic High School will take part in the State Individual Event Speech contest this Saturday at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.
The students competed at districts Feb. 25 at West Monona High School, Onawa.
LCHS took 55 entries to the districts, with 39 receiving I ratings to advance to state.
Gehlen Catholic had 10 of its 13 events receive a I rating.
"LCHS students earned more I's at district contest this year than any other," said LCHS IE speech coach Sherri Permeswaran. "Our team has been steadily growing larger and stronger for the past four years."
In 2008, the school only had 23 state entries.
"Adding a freshman team in 2009 helped our numbers increase, but our growth is mostly due to the talent, dedication, and enthusiasm of our team members -- super busy students who are involved in almost every other activity at school. They rock!"
Cecilia Henrich serves as individual speech coach at Gehlen Catholic.
"I am so very proud of our individual speech contestants. It takes a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline to succeed in individual speech events. I'm very happy for our two seniors and especially proud of our three freshmen," said Henrich.
Henrich expressed her appreciation for Elizabeth Rogers, Gehlen's large group speech coach, for taking the students to the district contest as she was unable to attend.
"She and our students represented Gehlen well. I'm confident State will go as well," Henrich said.
State competition will be more difficult for the students, Permeswaran said.
"The students will each face three judges at state, where the judging is much tougher than at districts. The performers will earn an over-all rating based on an average of the three judges' ratings," she said.
At the end of the day, judges individually and anonymously nominate students as being "Outstanding," according to Permeswaran.
"Students who are nominated by at least two judges will be honored at the All-State festival at UNI on March 26," she said.
LCHS students advancing to state and their category of competition are:
Carolyn Ahlers - Lit Program
Nelcy Anguiano - Poetry
Travis Barrett - Public Address
Liz Bixenman - Acting
Dom Castle - Prose
Kelsey Clay - Prose
Erin Connor - Storytelling
Morgan Dodson - Public Address
Jarod Ernst - Spontaneous Speaking
Andy Heffner - Storytelling
Nate Irwin - Acting and Improvisational Acting
Trevor Kliever - Solo Musical Theatre
Deanna Le - Original Oratory
Katey Lempares - Solo Musical Theatre
Zach Lerdal - After Dinner Speaking
Nick Manthe - Improvisational Acting and Solo Musical Theatre
Ally Mullally - Expository Address
Kim Ohrlund - Public Address and Solo Musical Theatre
Emma Parry - Acting and Storytelling
Rachel Parry - Acting and Original Oratory
Yashila Permeswaran - After Dinner Speaking and Reviewing
Channing Pick - Poetry
Erica Plantz - Prose
Katy Price - Public Address
Dayton Rand - Prose
Andrew Ritts - Prose
Miranda Ritts - Prose
Matt Strub - Improvisational Acting
Mickie Theisen - Prose
Anna Tonsfeldt - Radio News
Drew Weiner - After Dinner Speaking
Whitney Zenk - Expository Address
Alissa Zink - Storytelling
Also participating and receiving a II rating were: Emily Ahlers, David Barker, Becca Clay, Miranda Fischer, Joel Haden, Sarah Madden, Meredith Rand, Nicole Schimek, Sydnee Theisen.
Gehlen Catholic students advancing to state competition are:
Rachelle Lipp - Acting and After Dinner Speaking
Brittany Loutsch - Acting and Expository Address
Derek Probst - Improvisation and After Dinner Speaking
Ashley Weber - Original Oratory
Catherine Pratt - Storytelling
Trisha Langel - Storytelling
Abby Chagolla - Storytelling
Receiving II ratings at the competition were:
Catherine Pratt - Poetry; Mariah Wurth - Acting and Nicholle Britt - Radio News.