By Thomas Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly all of the Charles City High School students that participated in the Individual Speech contest at Nashua-Plainfield High School this weekend scored 1 ratings.
Ten of the 13 Individual Speech acts received 1 ratings, or excellent scores on Feb. 25. Performances that score a 1 rating are eligible to move forward to the state competition.
The state competition will take place March 11 at Waldorf College in Forest City. From there, students will get the chance to go to the All-State Individual Speech festival March 27 at the University of Northern Iowa.
To get to the All-State Festival students need to both get a 1 rating and a recommendation from judges.
There are 14 categories judged, such as acting, improv, story-telling and original radio news.
The event brings interested youths together with former speech students and enthusiasts like Rachel Krieg and Sylva Washington, volunteers at the event.
Washington was previously involved in the speech program at Nashua-Plainfeld High School.
“When I was in speech I did a lot of group improv and then radio news,” Washington said.
She was also involved in prose and improv on the individual level as well.
“There’s a lot of students who really nervous, but as soon as they get in there they do a wonderful job,” Washington said.
Floyd County schools weren’t the only ones there: Independence High School also participated with 33 entries, along with other northeastern Iowa schools.
Paige Malven of Nashua-Plainfeld volunteered her high school to host the event this year.
“Each school can bring up to 42 entries,” Malven said.
The venue had 382 performances scheduled for Feb. 25., Malven said.
Judges for the event came from around the area, including Linda Brant, former speech director at Charles City High School.
“We began finding judges back in the fall,” Malven said.
The event’s schedule took five to six hours to create and was updated on daily basis, Malven said.
“Yesterday, we were here from 3 to 10 setting up,” Malven said. “It truly is a living schedule.”
The sections and schedule changed almost constantly to accommodate the needs of the students performing and those of the judges. The event began at 10 a.m. and went to around 5 p.m. on Saturday.