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Gehlen Catholic’s Large Group Speech Teams Advance to All State Speech

On Saturday, February 7th, thirty students from Gehlen Catholic high school students performed 10 selections at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Large Group Competition, which was held at East High School in Sioux City. Over 1,500 students from Northwest Iowa competed.

Seven of the ten groups from Gehlen Catholic received a “I” or “Superior” ratings and three groups received “II” or “Excellent” ratings from the three judges. 

Two of the groups, who received “I” ratings, were also selected as Performing Groups for the All State Large Group Speech Festival, which will be held Saturday, February 21 in Ames. Those groups advancing to All State include: 

  • Ensemble Acting: “Drugs are Bad” featuring Sarah Henrich of LeMars, Andrew Kordick and Atze Atsma, of Hospers.
  • Group Improv troupe of Carli Bollin, Ben Fuentes, Nathan Klein and Morgan Whitehead, all of LeMars.

The other groups receiving “1” ratings include:

  • Choral Reading: “Note To Self” - Ashley Weber, Ben Fuentes, Abby Chagolla, Sarah Henrich, Hemi Hann, Kayla Meyer, Lena Pfeiderer, Sebastian Buman and Carlyn Bretey, all of LeMars; Shiann Hansen and Megan Kellen of Alton; and Atze Atsma of Hospers; and Madison Schroeder of Granville.
  • Ensemble Acting: “The Mouse and the Raven” - Abby Chagolla, Ashley Weber, Nathan Klein, and Carlyn Bretey, all of LeMars; and Rachel Kellen of Oyens.
  • Group Mime: “Wrong Number” - Carter Sitzmann, Malayna Hanks, Kathryn Ripley and Krista Lipp, all of LeMars.
  • Group Improv of David Puhl of LeMars, Aaron Stoll of Archer, and Andrew Kordick of Hospers.
  • Group Improv of Josie Schipper, Liam Murphy and Jozef Lampfers, all of LeMars.

Those groups receiving “II” ratings were:

  • One Act Play: “Magic Theatre” - Aaron Stoll of Archer; Evan Niebuhr, Josie Schipper, Krista Lipp, Kathryn Ripley, Carter Sitzmann, Malayna Hanks, Sebastian Buhman and TJ Kruse, all of LeMars; Shiann Hansen of Alton; Madison Schroeder of Granville.
  • Solo Mime: “The Rehearsal” - Megan Kellen of Alton.
  • Short Film - Jozef Lampfers, Liam Murphy, David Puhl and Drew Dickman, all of LeMars.

Speech Moderator, Mr. Mark Morehead, said “I was very pleased with the way the students performed. There is some very good competition when you get to the State level. I was very satisfied as a coach with their outcome. I would also like to thank the parents, Gehlen Catholic's Fine Arts Board, the staff and faculty at Gehlen Catholic for their support and encouragement.”

Gehlen Catholic School strives to promote an openness to God, to promote a quality education and to instill Catholic values in a caring, challenging, and prayerful environment.

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Pictured (left to right): Andrew Kordick, Atze Atsma, Nathan Klein, Ben Fuentes, Sarah Henrich, Morgan Whitehead, and Carli Bollin.

Gehlen Catholic High School Individual Speech Students Advance from Districts to State

On Saturday, February 28th, Gehlen Catholic high school students competed in thirteen categories in Individual District Speech Contest, which was held at Woodbury-Central in Moville.

Of the thirteen participating entries, ten entries received a Division “I” rating and will advance to State on Saturday, March 14th at Sibley-Ocheydan High School in Sibley. 

Those students and entries who received a “I” rating and advanced to State include:

  • Abby Chagolla of LeMars – “I’s” in both Musical Theatre and Acting
  • Megan Kellen of Alton – “I” rating in Acting
  • Sarah Henrich of LeMars – “I” rating in Prose
  • Shainn Hansen of Alton – “I’s” in both Musical Theatre and Poetry
  • Michaela Bretey of LeMars – “I” in Public Address
  • Evan Niebuhr of LeMars – “I” in Storytelling
  • Ben Fuentes of LeMars – “I’s” in both Musical Theatre and Improv

Those students and entries who received a “II” rating include:

  • Aaron Stoll of Archer – “II” rating in Improv
  • Madison Schroeder of Granville – “II” rating in Poetry
  • Ashley Weber of LeMars – “II” rating in Acting

Gehlen Catholic High School Large Group and Individual Speech Moderator, Mr. Mark Morehead, said, “I was very pleased with the students’ performances, especially with the short practice time between Large Group and Individual Speech. These students were very dedicated to getting to practice and being prepared for competition.”

Mr. Morehead also acknowledged many of the students are involved in the spring musical, “Anything Goes,” as well as other athletic, fine arts, and co-curricular activities. 

Gehlen Catholic School strives to promote an openness to God, to promote a quality education and to instill Catholic values in a caring, challenging, and prayerful environment.

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Pictured: (left to right): 

 

Back row: Abby Chagolla, Megan Kellen, Ben Fuentes, Aaron Stoll, Evan Niebuhr.

Front row: Ashley Weber, Michaela Bretey, Shiann Hansen, Sarah Henrich, Madison Schroeder.

All State speech participants

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